Title

A MODEL TO MINIMIZE NONREVENUE COSTS IN BUS TRANSIT OPERATIONS

Authors

C Nuworsoo

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

infrastructure - station, infrastructure - stop, economics - revenue, mode - bus

Keywords

Stop (Public transportation), Optimization, Optimisation, Minimization, Minimisation, Econometric models, Deadheading, Costs, Cost benefit analysis, Bus transit operations, Bus terminals, Bus stops, Bus stations, Benefit cost analysis, Baltimore (Maryland)

Abstract

The feasibility-study objective for a proposed Bus Division of the Mass Transit Administration to serve northeastern Baltimore, Maryland, was to determine the comparative savings or additional costs between using existing versus new locations. The focus of the analysis was nonrevenue operating costs, which are affected by location because of vehicle deadhead travel, associated operator travel, and other operator travel for relief purposes. The model was constructed with detailed data on existing operations and applied to each candidate site. The model can serve as a tool for both site selection and distribution of units among various locations. Beyond transit operations, the model is extendable to governmental and municipal facilities.