We provide comprehensive analysis of route structure and schedule design to provide a cost effective and efficient service that balances the needs of the riding public with safe and efficient bus operations. Detailed analysis of current ridership patterns are presented along with several options for route changes.
Bob partners with several engineering firms that have the ability to analyze the large amount of data available for transit planning. Job and residential densities as well as other socio-economic data are mapped to show areas where there is high transit propensity and how well the current system meets those needs. Conversations with supervisors, drivers, management, and passengers are an integral part of this analysis.
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report #100 – Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual – standards are used to document the current Level of Service and identify areas that may need improvement.
As cities grow and traffic congestion increases, bus schedules may become too difficult to maintain. Average scheduled speeds are examined as well as operating policies that ensure service reliability. Bus stop locations and standards for bus stop spacing are often an important component of this analysis. TCRP Report #19 – Guidelines for Bus Stop Placement and Easter Seals Booklet – Toolkit For The Assessment Of Bus Stop Accessibility And Safety are used in bus stop analysis.
This comprehensive analysis will provide the transit system with a variety of options for service changes. The social effects of the changes on current passengers can also be documented and will assist in the decision making process of the transit manager and the transit board.
Multiple options are presented to the policy making board usually with a growth option, existing system improvement option, and a contraction option. The marginal cost of each option is presented along with a discussion on the social impacts on passengers.