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Title: A Conceptual Approach for Optimising Bus Stop Spacing
Authors: Johar A.
Jain S.S.
Garg, Pradeep Kumar
Published in: Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A
Abstract: An efficient public transportation system is essential of any country. The growth, development and shape of the urban areas are mainly due to availability of good transportation (Shah et al. in Inst Town Plan India J 5(3):50–59, 1). In developing countries, like India, travel by local bus in a city is very common. The accidents, congestion, pollution and appropriate location of bus stops are the major problems arising in metropolitan cities. Among all the metropolitan cities in India, Delhi has highest percentage of growth of population and vehicles. Therefore, it is important to adopt efficient and effective ways to improve mobility in different metropolitan cities in order to overcome the problem and to reduce the number of private vehicles on the road. The primary objective of this paper is to present a methodology for developing a model for optimum bus stop spacing (OBSS). It describes the evaluation of existing urban bus route, data collection, development of model for optimizing urban bus route and application of model. In this work, the bus passenger generalized cost method is used to optimize the spacing between bus stops. For the development of model, a computer program is required to be written. The applicability of the model has been evaluated by taking the data of urban bus route of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) in Excel sheet in first phase. Later on, it is proposed to develop a programming in C++ language. The developed model is expected to be useful to transport planner for rational design of the spacing of bus stops to save travel time and to generalize operating cost. After analysis it is found that spacing between the bus stop comes out to be between 250 and 500 m. The Proposed Spacing of bus stops is done considering the points that they don’t come nearer to metro/rail station, entry or exit of flyover and near traffic signal. © 2017, The Institution of Engineers (India).
Citation: Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A, 98(44593): 15-23
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer India
Keywords: Delhi
Urban bus route
ISSN: 22502149
Author Scopus IDs: 57090457500
Author Affiliations: Johar, A., Centre for Transportation Systems, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Jain, S.S., Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Garg, P., Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, India
Corresponding Author: Johar, A.; Centre for Transportation Systems, India; email:
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