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721915-1 Report Abstract

A Computer Based Methodology for Optimizing Transit System Station Spacing

Jacqueline Dowds and Randy B. Machemehl, University of Texas at Austin, December 1994, 181 pp.

A technique for determining optimal public transportation system terminal spacing is presented. Following a review of approaches used by other investigators, overall user trip time is selected as a rational viewpoint. User trip times are described mathematically as having access time and line-haul time components each of which are characterized for a range of access and line-haul modes. Relationships and default parameter values are presented in computer software consisting of macro sheets for a commercially available spreadsheet program.

Keywords: Terminal Spacing, Intersection Spacing, Population Distribution, Passenger Travel Time, Walk Distance, Wait Time, Acceleration and Deceleration Rates, Bus Schedule Reliability, Average Trip Length, Dwell Time

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