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Obtaining public transport level-of-service measures using in vehicle GPS data and freely available GIS web-based tools


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In this chapter, the authors present a procedure to obtain some Level-Of-Service (LOS) measures, such as waiting times, travel times, and their variability, at any spatial and temporal aggregation level for dense bus networks using freely available map and geographic software. The proposed methodology is highly flexible, as it can accommodate either fixed or variable space-time aggregations. It can handle vast amounts of GPS data yielding LOS results relatively quickly. Furthermore, it can be implemented at relatively low cost in terms of software requirements using freely available software. An illustration of the proposed procedure and its results to obtain LOS measures such as travel times and their variability among bus stops and waiting times for every bus stop are reported using the geographic location of bus stops and offline GPS data available (every 30 seconds) for all operating buses in Santiago’s public transport system. 2014 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.

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