Next-Generation Transit System Design under Revolution of Shared Mobility

Ideally, public transit, by moving more people using fewer vehicles, can play a major role in improving the sustainability of a transportation system. However, most transit systems in the US suffer low ridership and high operating cost, thus a significantly compromised mobility service to the transportation system users. Under current transit system design principles, such as service area requirements, inefficiency of resource usage is almost inevitable. The research team envisions that to have a more significant role played by transit system in the new environment of mobility as a service, current transit system design principles need to be reevaluated and redefined. In this project, the team proposes an integrative approach to identify the most effective transit resource allocation strategies, in a system where public and private mobility service provides coexist. System performance will be measured by costs (including user cost and agency cost), social equity (impact on different user groups), and environmental benefit (measured by energy and emission savings per person-mile-traveled). A network-based multi-agent optimization model will be developed to reflect different interests of public and private service providers and travelers of different socio-economic backgrounds. A case study based on Santa Clara VTA data will be implemented to learn design and policy insights.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $39200
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

    Pacific Southwest Region 9 UTC

    650 Childs Way
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089

    Department of Transportation

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

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Brinkerhoff, Cort

  • Principal Investigators:

    Fan, Yueyue

  • Start Date: 20180101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01652802
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: UCD-17-03
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 1 2017 10:30AM