Title

SIMULATING BUS OPERATIONS WITH ENHANCED CORRIDOR SIMULATOR: CASE STUDY OF NEW JERSEY TRANSIT BUS ROUTE 39

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

operations - traffic, planning - route design, mode - bus

Keywords

Validation, Software validation, Simulation, New Jersey Transit, CORSIM (Traffic simulation model), Computer simulation, Case studies, Bus transit operations, APTS, Applications, Advanced public transportation systems

Abstract

The corridor simulator (CORSIM)-based microscopic program, which can simulate realistic bus operations, has been enhanced with some newly developed features; these are validated. Transit operations-related data for New Jersey Transit Bus Route 39 were collected to assess the reliability of the enhanced CORSIM program. On the basis of the mean average percentage error and the root mean square error, this study demonstrated that simulation output can represent realistic bus operations, such as the disruptions of transit headways caused by ridership fluctuations at bus stops and delays at intersections. The proposed program provides a potential basis for evaluating advanced transit management and control strategies and real-time transit traveler information systems in the advent of advanced public transportation systems.