Detection of Activities of Public Transport Users by Analyzing Smart Card Data

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Journal Article

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place - north america, place - south america, ridership - behaviour, technology - ticketing systems


smart card data, Chile, Canada, user behaviour, public transit


During the past decade, a significant amount of research has been dedicated to the use of smart card data for various purposes. A method is presented for the detection and estimation of the location, time, duration, and purpose of activities undertaken by public transit users with the use of smart card databases and other available information about land use and user behavior. The method is applied to cases in Santiago, Chile, and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, to identify activity purpose and time frame to characterize user behavior. The results obtained for each city are compared to discover differences in behavioral activity patterns due to sociological, cultural, and geopolitical differences.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board Washington, copyright remains with them.