Cost-Effective Sizing of the Transit Extraboard

by Littleton C. MacDorman, MacDorman & Associates, Arlington, VA, USA,
John C. MacDorman, MacDorman & Associates, Arlington, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


In 1983, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) provided funds to develop manual procedures known as the User's Guide to Optimizing the Transit Operator Work Force. Subsequently, UMTA provided additional funds to develop software that would overcome the deficiencies of the manual process. The model, which is scheduled for release in 1987, is known as Transit Operator Productivity, Diagnostic & Optimization Guidelines (TOPDOG). The objective of TOPDOG is to provide information that aids in determining the most cost-effective number of full-time and part-time operators (FTOs and PTOs) to schedule each service period and employ over a specified planning horizon. More specifically, TOPDOG addresses the vehicle operator work force requirements of individual transit systems.

Subject Headings: Financial management | Public transportation | Optimization models | Transportation management | Information systems | Urban development | Productivity | Scheduling

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