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Wilson, Nigel, 1.258J Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 08 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning

Spring 2006

Orange County Transportation Authority bus.
Buses and surface transit are transportation modes explored in this course. (Image courtesy of Morven.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

This course describes the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focusing on bus and rail. Technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost are described. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling are also discussed. In addition, the effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership and methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes are presented together with means to improve operations through real time intervention.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course describes the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focusing on bus and rail. Technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost are described. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling are also discussed. In addition, the effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership and methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes are presented together with means to improve operations through real time intervention.

Course Requirements

  1. Problem sets: Four problem sets will be assigned over the semester.
  2. Final exam: A three-hour exam will be scheduled during exam period.

Grading
ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Problem Sets 60%
Final Exam 40%

Calendar

LEC # TOPICS KEY DATES
1 Introduction to Public Transportation Planning  
2 Alternative Services and Modes  
3 Capacity and Productivity Problem set 1 out
4 Short-Range Transit Planning  
5 Service Standards and Performance Measures  
6 Service Planning Process  
7 Data Collection: Needs and Techniques Problem set 1 due

Problem set 2 out
8 Automated Data Collection Systems  
9 Design of Data Collection Programs  
10 Transit Demand  
11 Ridership Forecasting  
12 Cost Modelling I Problem set 2 due

Problem set 3 out
13 Cost Modelling II  
14 Performance of a Single Route  
15 Analysis Methods for a Single Route  
16 Vehicle Size, Service Frequency and Cost Tradeoffs  
17 Frequency Determination Problem set 3 due

Problem set 4 out
18 Vehicle Scheduling  
19 Vehicle Scheduling (cont.)  
20 Crew Scheduling  
21 High Ridership Corridor Strategies  
22 Network Design Methods  
23 Urban Public Transit Connectivity  
24 Bus Priority Systems Problem set 4 due
25 Service Reliability and Operations Control  
26 Review and Summary  
  Final Exam



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