Performance Assessment of Fixed and Flexible Public Transport in a Multi Agent Simulation Framework

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The emergence of innovative mobility solutions that offer flexible transport services, is changing the way urban public transport systems will be designed. Such mobility solutions offer on demand transport services and hence can solve the problems inherent with traditional line based and schedule based public transport systems. It is essential to understand the dynamics of this new demand-supply market with co-existing and competing fixed and flexible public transport. However, the performance of the system comprising of users and transit services and the factors influencing them, have received limited attention in literature. In this paper a model is developed to analyse the system performance when the modes of fixed public transport and flexible public transport operate in competition. The model is implemented in the multi-agent simulation framework MATSim with dynamic assignment in which the users optimise their travel plan through iterative learning from the service experienced and altering their travel plan. The scenarios in which the flexible public transport offer private and shared services are considered. The system performance is analysed for varying fleet size of flexible public transport and ratio of cost of flexible to fixed public transport.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting, EWGT 2017
EditorsDomokos Esztergár-Kiss, Tamás Mátrai, János Tóth, István Varga
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event20th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 Sept 20176 Sept 2017
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameTransportation Research Procedia
ISSN (Electronic)2214-241X


Conference20th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting
Abbreviated titleEWGT 2017
Internet address


  • modal split
  • , demand responsive transport
  • public transport
  • agent-based simulation


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