Title

DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERMODAL TRANSIT SIMULATION AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE FRANKFORD TRANSPORTATION CENTER

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1998

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, policy - parking, economics - appraisal/evaluation, organisation - structures, technology - intelligent transport systems, mode - bus, mode - mass transit, mode - pedestrian, mode - car

Keywords

Trolleybuses, Trolley buses, Transportation centers, Transit vehicle operations, Transit operations, Transit, Traffic flow, Simulation, Public transit, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Pedestrian movement, Passenger terminals, Parking places, Parking facilities, Parking areas, Mass transit, Maintenance structures, Maintenance facilities, Local transit, Intracity bus transportation, Intermodal facilities, Evaluation and assessment, Elevated mass transit, Elevated guideways, Design, Crossing The Road, Computer simulation, Computer animation, Car parks, Bus transit, Animation

Abstract

A summary is presented of the design and application of a discrete event simulation model and animation of the proposed Frankford Transportation Center (FTC), an intermodal transportation facility being developed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Combining bus, trackless trolley, automobile, train, and pedestrian movements in an integrated model, the simulation provided designers and the client with a tool for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed design on surface transit operations and traffic flow both in and around the facility. Distinguishing features of the model architecture are discussed in the context of its application to the FTC. Results of the study, and their applicability to intermodal facilities, are presented.