Transportation Planning for Urban School Systems

by Patrick R. Pickens, (M.ASCE), Transp. Planner; Capital Region Planning Commission, Baton Rouge, LA,
John M. Tyler, Asst. Prof; Louisiana State Univ., Computer Sci. Dept., Baton Rouge, LA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 461-473

Document Type: Journal Paper


Due to ever increasing costs, the use of a systematic procedure for planning the transportation needs of urban school systems is mandatory. One such method is to apply optimization techniques utilizing a digital computer for the purpose of mathematically modeling the school district network, and after defining stop locations, provide an initial set of near-optimal routes. Following this, the routes may then be manually modified to remove any trip inconsistencies or illogical routings. Finally, to maintain a current status for the mathematical model and student population patterns, a continuing information updating program can be instituted. The effect of using a procedure, as described previously, on an actual school district was to significantly improve the operational characteristics of the routing, and thereby, reduce the overall cost of providing the required transportation service.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Education | Optimization models | Computer models | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Routing (transportation) | Computer networks

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