2015 CSCE Annual Conference Regina - Building on our Growth Opportunities Conference
Dr. SC (Chan) Wirasinghe, University of Calgary
Dr. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary
There are a number of strategies that transit operators may use to mitigate the randomness inherent in a bus’ movement along a route. Many of these strategies have evolved to include real-time information in order to make dynamically informed decisions. One such strategy is the holding control strategy, where certain stops are selected as time points, and early buses are instructed to wait until a scheduled departure time at these points. While extensive research has been done incorporating real-time information into bus operations, little attention has been given to potential advantages gained in using real-time information to control inter-time-point movement. An algorithm is proposed for an early bus, comparing on-board and off-board passenger costs to decide whether to continue to run early or attempt to slow down. The proposed algorithm considers two situations: when inter-time-point stops have published arrival times, and when they must be deduced by the passengers.