Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working papers in Transport Economics,
CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI)

No 2013:28: Effect of real-time transit information on dynamic path choice of passengers

Oded Cats (), Haris N. Koutsopoulos (), Wilco Burghout () and Tomer Toledo ()
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Oded Cats: KTH, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Haris N. Koutsopoulos: KTH, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Wilco Burghout: KTH, Postal: Centrum för Transportstudier (CTS), Teknikringen 10, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Tomer Toledo: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Abstract: Real-time information is increasingly being implemented in transit networks worldwide. The evaluation of the effect of real-time information requires dynamic modeling of transit operations and of passenger path choices. This paper presents a dynamic transit analysis and evaluation tool that represents time-tables, operation strategies, real-time information, adaptive passenger choices, and traffic dynamics at the network level. Transit path choices are modeled as a sequence of boarding, walking and alighting decisions that passengers undertake when carrying out their journey. The model is applied to the Metro network of Stockholm, Sweden area under various operating conditions and information provision scenarios, as a proof of concept. An analysis of the results indicates substantial path choice shifts and potential time savings associated with more comprehensive real-time information provision and transfer coordination improvements.

Keywords: Real-time information; Public transport; Route choice; Simulation

JEL-codes: R40

23 pages, September 27, 2013

Note: Previously published in Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2217, pp 46-54 (2011). DOI: 10.3141/2217-06

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