Title

PASSENGER TRAVEL TIME AND PATH CHOICE IMPLICATIONS OF REAL-TIME TRANSIT INFORMATION

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

operations - traffic, planning - signage/information, technology - passenger information

Keywords

Travel time, Traffic flow, Real time operations, Real time control, Passenger traffic, Passenger information systems, Passenger flow, Origin and destination, O&D, Journey time

Abstract

This paper considers information systems in public transit in which the passenger receives information in real time regarding projected vehicle travel times. To provide a preliminary assessment of these systems, an analytic framework is presented to evaluate path choices and travel time benefits resulting from real-time information. A behavioral model of transit path choice is presented that frames the choice in terms of a decision whether to board a departing vehicle. Furthermore, this path choice model accommodates network travel times that are both stochastic and time-dependent, two elements that have been neglected in previous studies but are critical to evaluating real-time information systems. The results suggest that real-time information yields only very modest improvements in passenger service measures such as the origin-to-destination travel times and the variability of trip times.

Comments

Transportation Research Part C Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0968090X