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Public Transit Planning and Operation

Modeling, Practice and Behavior, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Avishai Ceder

CRC Press

742 pages | 297 B/W Illus.

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Addresses the Challenges Facing Public Transport Policy Makers and Operators

Public Transit Planning and Operation: Modeling, Practice and Behavior, Second Edition offers new solutions for delivering both better services and greater efficiency, solutions which have been developed and tested by the author in over thirty years of research work with mass transit policy makers and operators all over the world. It bridges the worlds of practice and research and academia, provides an overview and a critique of currently used operational planning methods, and furnishes innovative practical techniques and modeling.

Improve Service Performance and Successfully Manage the Costs of Operation

This new edition brings in new material on timetabling and vehicle scheduling with different vehicle sizes, new methods of designing transit route networks, analysis of transit coordination and connectivity, behavioral aspects of passengers including when making transfers, and innovative methods related to automation and optimization which can be used in real time to significantly improve service reliability.

  • Combines academic research with real-world project experience
  • Focuses on issues encountered in practice
  • Provides unique coverage of the field

Public Transit Planning and Operation: Modeling, Practice and Behavior, Second Edition incorporates a series of themes and new ways of thinking about planning and operation. Bridging the gap between theory and application,thistext outlines the factors affecting public-transport services, addresses common problems, and offers practical solutions for improvement.


"The book is aimed squarely at transit researchers and practitioners. It fills an important void in the literature, as most existing material is exclusively quantitative or qualitative. This book bridges both, and leaves the reader with a sense of satisfaction and a desire to learn more about the topics at hand. The spirit of the first edition remains alive, with applied operations research as the vehicle through which most discussions are presented."

—Professor Daniel A. Rodriguez, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

"… a single text that covers the full set of issues in transit operations and planning… includes concepts from theory and methodologies from practice… not only for students of transportation engineering and city planning at universities and in professional courses, as well as for transit agency managers and consultants, but also for PhD students and researchers."

—Professor Agostino Nuzzolo, Tor Vergata University of Rome

Table of Contents

Introduction to transit-service planning

Data requirements and collection

Frequency and headway determination

Timetable development

Advanced timetables: Optimization and synchronization

Vehicle scheduling I: Fixed schedules

Vehicle scheduling II: Variable schedules

Vehicle type and size considerations in vehicle scheduling

Crew scheduling

Passenger demand

Route choice and assignment

Service design: Elements, operational parking, and stop location

Coordination and connectivity: Measures and analysis

Coordination and connectivity: Behavioral aspects

Network (routes) design

Designing short-turn trips

Smart shuttle and feeder service

Service reliability

Operational strategies and tactics

Future developments in transit operations

Answers to exercises

About the Author

Avishai (Avi) Ceder received his PhD in 1975 at the University of California at Berkeley, and he is professor and chair of transportation at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. He frequently delivers courses on public-transit operations planning in Asia, Europe, Australasia, and the United States. His research and implementation interests in the subject stem from being a bus driver for four years for a large bus company.

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