Transit Route Planning Using Data Downloaded from UTPS

by Edward C. Sullivan, Univ of California, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


A comprehensive evaluation of alternative bus routing and service patterns was recently performed for the Alameda-Contra Costa (AC) Transit District, the principal public transit operator for Oakland and other East Bay communities of the San Francisco Metropolitan Area. This paper describes the modeling process and its rationale. Some of the significant modeling issues faced by this study are the difficulty of working exclusively with secondary data drawn from large regional data sets, compared to developing data sets from scratch; the limitations of pivot point models in the face of sparse trip matrices; and the inherent insensitivity of network models for addressing transit service and marketing alternatives which vary greatly from what now exists.

Subject Headings: Public transportation | Transportation management | Computer models | Bays | Comparative studies | Travel patterns | Buses | Transportation studies

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