mode - bus, place - australasia, planning - network design, infrastructure - stop, technology - intelligent transport systems
public transport network, electronic timetable, Sydney Strategic Transport Model
Public transport networks are one of the key inputs for multi-modal strategic transport models. Traditionally these networks were created manually, nowadays there is electronic timetable data available. Theoretically it should be easy to reformat the data and import into the model. In practice a number of complications arise including selecting services for modelled time periods, what degree of stopping pattern variation and routing variation can be validly combined before a different service is coded. There are also differences between modes, both in data detail and the processes required to effectively represent services. Another issue to consider is the allocation of bus stops to existing network nodes, or when new network nodes should be added.
It is desirable that the process can be automated so that new timetable information can be readily incorporated. This paper describes the processes that the NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics (BTS) (formerly Transport Data Centre) has developed to extract data from the Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) and prepare public transport networks for use in the Sydney Strategic Transport Model.
Bendall, K., & Xu, M. (2010). Creating Public Transport Networks for Strategic Transport Modelling from Electronic Timetable Data. Paper delivered at the 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum Conference held in Canberra, on 29 September - 1 October, 2010.