After the successful completion of this course the student is able to:
- Develop realistic mathematical models for public transportation planning at the strategic, tactical and operational level
- Devise optimal planning strategies (i.e., optimal routes, schedules) with the use of simulators and optimization models
- Evaluate the status of public transport operations with the use of large datasets such as smartcard and automatic vehicle location data
- Analyze the effects of Mobility-as-a-Service (single-payment systems) to public transportation and the impact of marketing to the passenger behavior
Public Transport (PT) is more and more part of complex puzzle where ease of use (contactless payment, tariff systems), real-time information (use of smart phones, internet), other mobility services (rental bikes, Uber, Flixbus), services during travel (Wifi, shops at stations) and at the destination (Seets2Meet) form an attractive versatile multi modal mobility system.|
In this course Public Transport is approached from a managerial point of view where thorough knowledge of the components of the Public Transport system (infrastructure, vehicles), the operational regulations, the financial aspect (exploitation costs, revenues) and the passenger demand is crucial.
The main topics covered in this course are:
- The organization of PT at the strategic, tactical and operational level
- Mathematical Modelling of Public Transport systems
- The supply side of PT (Networks, frequencies, timetables, multi-modal coordination, crew and vehicle schedules)
- The demand side of PT (caption area, captive versus choice travelers)
- Mobility Hubs
- MaaS, Mobility as a Service
- Planning and Operational Control with the use of mathematical models
- Area coverage: line, stops and connections
- Service reliability
- Key Performance Indicators of PT
This course is assessed by means of one assignment (35%), and a written exam (65%). A satisfactory completion of the course requires an overall mark of at least 5.5, and a written exam mark of at least 5.0.
The whole of public transport of metropolitan areas is covered: from the small veins to the large arteria and from informal small scale passenger transport to mass public transport.