Improving Public School Bus Operations Boston and Baltimore County Public Schools

Studies show that congestion in big cities has a tremendous impact on the time travelers spend on the road. This is translated into a loss of productivity and also impacts students relying on school buses to commute to their schools. In fact, a common problem facing schools is students arriving late for breakfast and/or classes. The objective of this research is to develop a system that allows the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) to transport students to and from schools in a safe, reliable, and optimum manner. Due to BPS and BCPS's system of school choice and geography, some students need to travel long distances to attend school. This problem is complex and has many dimensions, and we built a system that uses historical and real-time traffic data to predict the traffic state evolution over a short time horizon. This is then coupled to an advanced routing algorithm to route buses in an optimal fashion to improve the quality of service.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $140000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Urban Mobility & Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bichiou, Youssef

    Rakha, Hesham

    Lee, Young-Jae

  • Start Date: 20181201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200301
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200300
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01683576
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: Grant#69A435551747123
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2018 12:34PM