Optimal service planning for a sustainable transit system

Patricia DiJoseph, Steven I.Jy Chien

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A mathematical model and methodology are presented in this paper that can be used to determine the sustainability of a bus service. To formulate the optimization model, an entire bus route in a suburban area is considered on which many eligible stop locations are distributed realistically as discrete points such as intersections or entrances to housing developments. The objective total profit function is maximized by optimizing the number and locations of stops, the headway, and the fare. The number of passengers for the service is dependent on passengers' access distance, wait time, in-vehicle time, and fare. The solution methodology is applied to an example that uses a bus route in suburban Woodbridge, NJ to demonstrate its effectiveness. The sensitivity of the total profit and of the amount of passengers served to various parameters is analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication50th Annual Transportation Research Forum 2009
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2009
Event50th Annual Transportation Research Forum 2009 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2009Mar 18 2009

Publication series

Name50th Annual Transportation Research Forum 2009


Other50th Annual Transportation Research Forum 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation


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