Public transport service planning
Service planning is one of the most important aspects of public transport. Here’s how mobility planners can speed up and improve this process, while minimizing the uncertainties that accompany it.
What is public transport service planning?
Public transport service planning consists of network design and timetable planning. The goal is to achieve a good public transport supply for the passengers, with minimum effort for the operator.
Through public transport service planning, operators can tackle some of the most common challenges to their operations, such as:
- Overcrowded busses in the morning due to transport of pupils
- Passengers missing connections at certain stops because of delays
- Adjusting bus and train services during construction works at bridges and roads
- How to shorten bus lines when an adjacent tram line is extended
Software for public transport service planning
Like in many other areas of mobility, software can greatly improve public transport service planning and speed up the digitization.
With software, public transport planners can combine multiple scenarios, integrate data from other departments, and present plans to stakeholders.
Compared to manual methods like pen-and-paper or Excel, modeling in specialized software helps public transport operators to speed up service planning and better predict how changes will affect the network.
The recent pandemic highlighted the benefits of modeling in public transport service planning: Extensive adjustments to timetables could be made at short notice due to health or cost requirements, with less errors.