Title

Measuring Public Transport Connectivity Performance Applied in Auckland, New Zealand

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Subject Area

operations - scheduling, operations - performance, infrastructure - interchange/transfer, planning - route design, organisation - performance, mode - bus, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transit connectivity, Transit, Transfers, Schedules and scheduling, Routes and routing, Public transit, Performance measurement, Mass transit, Local transit, Intracity bus transportation, Case studies, Bus transit operations, Bus transit, Auckland (New Zealand)

Abstract

Bus and other public transit connectivity issues facilitate an understanding of the importance of transit planning in enhancing existing or new transit services. Improving transit connectivity is a vital task in transit operations planning. Passengers may stop using a transit service because of poor connections. Service design criteria always contain postulates to improve routing and scheduling coordination (intra- and interagency transfer centers or points and synchronized or timed transfers). Ostensibly, the lack of well-defined connectivity measures precludes weighing and quantifying the results of any coordination effort. A methodological framework and concepts are provided for quantifying transit connectivity measures. These new measures are applied in a case study of the Auckland, New Zealand, public transit network for possible revisions and changes.