Impact of Access Modes on Urban Transit Systems Technology and Network Configuration

The research will explore how the speed and cost characteristics of the access modes for a transit trunk line (e.g. rail, bus rapid transit (BRT)) influence the optimal choice of trunk technology and network configuration for an urban transit system. We intend to examine if and how alternative access modes can make capital-intensive technologies such as rail and BRT more competitive backbones to integrated hierarchical urban transit systems. The access modes to be examined in these analyses will include: walking, bicycling, electric bikes, taxis, personal automobiles, and buses, both when operated as part of fixed-route and flexible-route feeder service. The trunk technologies to be analyzed will include: buses, BRT, light and heavy rail. Two types of passenger travel demand profiles will be studied: CBD-focused vs uniformly distributed. These will be examined for cities of varying sizes. The continuous approximation approach will be used to formulate cost models for access modes. Analytic models that jointly determine trunk configuration and access mode will be developed, such that insights can be obtained regarding the causal relation between transit access and trunk network configuration.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $92573.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

      Department of Transportation

      Research and Special Programs Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

      University of California, Berkeley
      2614 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
      Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1782
    • Principal Investigators:

      Madanat, Samer

    • Start Date: 20100801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 28009

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01463712
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)
    • Contract Numbers: 15833JEMA4
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:28PM