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Title: An activity-based approach for scheduling multimodal transit services
Authors: Li, ZC
Lam, WHK 
Wong, SC
Sumalee, A
Keywords: Activity-based model
Scheduling/timetabling problem
Transit assignment
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer
Source: Transportation, 2010, v. 37, no. 5, p. 751-774 How to cite?
Journal: Transportation 
Abstract: This paper proposes a new activity-based transit assignment model for investigating the scheduling (or timetabling) problem of transit services in multi-modal transit networks. The proposed model can be used to generate the short-term and long-term timetables of multimodal transit lines for transit operations and service planning purposes. The interaction between transit timetables and passenger activity-travel scheduling behaviors is captured by the proposed model, as the activity and travel choices of transit passengers are considered explicitly in terms of departure time choice, activity/trip chain choices, activity duration choice, transit line and mode choices. A heuristic solution algorithm which combines the Hooke-Jeeves method and an iterative supply-demand equilibrium approach is developed to solve the proposed model. Two numerical examples are presented to illustrate the differences between the activity-based approach and the traditional trip-based method, together with comparison on the effects of optimal timetables with even and uneven headways. It is shown that the passenger travel scheduling pattern derived from the activity-based approach is significantly different from that obtained by the trip-based method, and that a demand-sensitive (with uneven headway) timetable is more efficient than an even-headway timetable.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/7918
ISSN: 0049-4488
DOI: 10.1007/s11116-010-9291-z
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