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Innovative Routing and Scheduling Concepts for Transit Systems
Benjamin H. Cottrell, Jr.
Benjamin H. Cottrell, Jr.
Year: 1984
VTRC No.: 85-R4
Abstract: The objective of this research was to investigate innovative routing and scheduling concepts to determine how transit systems in Virginia may improve ridership and reduce operating costs. Information on innovative routing and scheduling concepts was obtained through a literature survey, and transit systems in Virginia were surveyed to determine the routing and scheduling concepts in use, transit operating environments, and problems in routing and scheduling. Five of the innovative concepts evaluated are being recommended for consideration by selected Virginia transit operators. These are (1) a procedure for redesigning transit routes and schedules in small systems, (2) methods to improve short-range transit planning, (3) a timed transfer system, (4) guidelines for a transit-center based transit system, and (5) guidelines for designing transfer policies. These concepts are described in detail in the report.