Simulation modelling of paratransit services using GIS


C Kunaka

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Conference Paper

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Subject Area

ridership - modelling, mode - paratransit


Urban areas have many forms of transport systems. Conventional public transport systems provide discrete services at defined points in space (stops) and at defined moments in time (schedules) resulting in users grouping at a few locations and at defined times. However, there are other forms of public transportation known by the generic term 'paratransit' which offer the flexibility in both space and time. Paratransit services occupy a region between the private car which is very flexible, and the relatively less flexible services such as trains and conventional bus systems. They comprise a broad range of transport modes in both developing and developed countries. The aim of this paper is to propose a model of paratransit services for a city in the developing world. The model utilises the spatial analysis functions of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to process the spatial dimensions and simulation techniques to handle the temporal dimensions to paratransit operation.


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