Transit path calculation is not yet widely available on transit authority websites. This is because the calculation of complete transit itineraries requires the integration of underlying components such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and operational database and, unlike a simple road application, involves a complex transportation network. In this article, a hybrid algorithm based on heuristics and optimization is presented for the calculation of urban transit itineraries including information on pedestrian access and egress paths, route sequences, schedules, and stops. The use of the Transit User Information System (TUIS) to support the calculations is emphasized. The TUIS uses the Totally Disaggregate Approach (TDA) and Transportation Object-Oriented Modeling (TOOM) in transportation to gather data on territory (for origin and destination specifications and for the pedestrian network) and transit operation (route geometry, schedules). Websites that have been implemented are referenced to demonstrate the applicability of the hybrid algorithm. These websites make use of some special techniques for disseminating user information over the Internet.
Trépanier, Martin, et al.
Transit Itinerary Calculation on the Web: Based on a Transit User Information System.
Journal of Public Transportation, 5 (3): 13-32.
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