Improving Bus Transit On-Time Performance through the Use of AVL Data

This project will develop a number of software tools to enable a transit operator to benchmark existing bus transit performance and to improve on-time performance and service reliability. Methods to do this include establishing appropriate running (scheduled) times between timepoints, allowing sufficient time at the end of a trip to allow for a driver break (layover) and schedule recovery, and field supervision to assure on-time departures of buses from their terminals. The approach to improving on-time performance is to analyze automatic vehicle location (AVL) archived data, apply appropriate statistical methods to provide insights into the causes of deviation from schedules, and make recommendations on how performance could be improved. The software to be developed in this project will interface with the AVL systems that are installed by the three major firms in this field. Particular attention will be paid to developing an intuitive user interface and the graphic display of output. A field test will be conducted, using actual data from the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), in Albany, NY.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 6

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Berlin, Harvey

  • Start Date: 20100624
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26615

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461359
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 6
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM