The installation of an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system alongside existing Automated Fare Collection (AFC) data spurred development of an inferred bus boarding and alighting ridership model at New York City Transit (NYCT), allowing for 100% passenger origin-destination (O-D) data citywide. Analysis techniques that relied primarily on professional judgment due to lack of data were replaced by more sophisticated statistical techniques. This paper describes two case studies and the resulting service planning potential from having access to fully-integrated big data sources: a neighborhood-wide analysis of performance and ridership, where 100% data allowed planners to pinpoint specific, low-cost reroutes and stop changes to better serve riders, and identification of an optimal route split location for a long route with poor performance by minimizing passenger impact using modeled O-D data. In both examples, new data sources allowed for novel analysis throughout problem investigation as well as forecasting ridership and cost impacts of proposed service adjustments. As the agency’s ability to leverage these data improves, it will support Title VI obligations as well as performance monitoring.
Hanft, Jeffrey, et al.
Transforming Bus Service Planning Using Integrated Electronic Data Sources at NYC Transit.
Journal of Public Transportation, 19 (2): 89-108.
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