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Effects of countdown displays in public transport route choice under severe overcrowding

Trozzi, V., Gentile, G., Kaparias, I. & Bell, M. G. H. (2015). Effects of countdown displays in public transport route choice under severe overcrowding. Networks and Spatial Economics, 15(3), pp. 823-842. doi: 10.1007/s11067-013-9207-5


The paper presents a route choice model for dynamic assignment in congested, i.e. overcrowded, transit networks where it is assumed that passengers are supported with real-time information on carrier arrivals at stops. If the stop layout is such that passenger congestion results in First-In-First-Out (FIFO) queues, a new formulation is devised for calculating waiting times, total travel times and route splits. Numerical results for a simple example network show the effect of information on route choice when heavy congestion is observed. While the provision of information does not lead to a remarkable decrease in total travel time, with the exception of some particular instances, it changes the travel behaviour of passengers that seem to be more averse to queuing at later stages of their journey and, thus, prefer to interchange at less congested stations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Publisher Keywords: Public Transport; Dynamic Assignment; Online Information; Passengers' queues
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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