Data Analysis for Bus Planning and Monitoring


Peter G. Furth

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land use - planning, mode - bus


Accuracy, Bus transit, Canada, Computers, Data collection, Data processing, Data storage, Error analysis, Estimating, Monitoring, On time performance, Operations, Planning, Ridership, State of the art reports, Statistical sampling, United States


This synthesis will be of interest to transit agency managers, their schedule and operations planning staff, and others who are responsible for information about system operations and ridership. It will also be of interest to others who interact with transit agencies in the reporting of operations data in order to support regular scheduling and operations planning activities for monitoring trends, and for reporting to oversight agencies. This synthesis reviews the state of the practice in how data are analyzed. It addresses methods used to analyze data and what computer systems are used to store and process data. It also covers accuracy issues, including measurement error, and other problems including error in estimates. This document from the Transportation Research Board addresses agency experience with different data collection systems, giving attention to management error, the need for sampling, and methods for screening, editing, and compensating for data imperfection. Sample reports from selected U.S. and Canadian transit agencies are reproduced in this synthesis.


Permission to link to report given by TRB