Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SG-17. The Use and Practice of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Real-Time Headway Based Service Bus Operations

The objective of this study is to synthesize the national and peer international state of the practice of headway based service operations. The Synthesis should focus on the proactive use of ITS technologies which include: (1) Analysis of technology options and operational challenges for headway based service (2) Consultations with operation stakeholders (dispatchers, drivers, planners, and management) to identify a typology of incidents and scenarios (3) Collaborations with stakeholders (city, county, MPOs, vendors, data providers, etc.) (4) Context of successful headway based service implementation (dedicated lanes, stage vehicles, etc.). It should include metrics used. (5) Two-way communication with riders (6) Development of business strategies for each type of incident and scenario including infrastructure implications (7) Working with ITS vendors to tailor the interface and architecture of the system to assist with prioritizing scenarios, communications protocols, report logging, formulation of suggestions to dispatchers, etc. (8) Incorporating all of the above into the training of dispatchers (9) Lessons learned (including costs) The information will be gathered by conducting a Literature Review, a survey of transit systems and in–depth case examples of transit agencies who have developed innovative practices. The case examples should highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned. Gaps in information and future research needs will also be identified.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SG-17

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Anderson, Paul

  • Start Date: 20200824
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707741
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SG-17
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 10 2019 3:16PM