|M.Sc Student||Cats Oded|
|Subject||Mesoscopic Simulation for Transit Operations|
|Department||Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering||Supervisor||Professor Tomer Toledo|
|Full Thesis text|
The growing interest in transit operations and advanced public transport system (APTS) applications result in increased need for transit-oriented evaluation tools. Traffic simulation models are the primary tool in recent years for evaluation and analysis of traffic planning, control and design. However, although simulation models can have many advantages for public transport research, there has not been much effort in the development of transit simulation models. Most of the research efforts in modelling public transport and APTS have concentrated on microscopic simulations. The few attempts to use a mesoscopic simulation that will enable large-scale applications were limited in scope.
The objective of this thesis is to develop a mesoscopic transit simulation model designed to support evaluation of operations planning and control, especially in the context of APTS. Examples of potential applications include frequency determination and evaluation of real time control strategies for schedule maintenance. The transit simulation model has been completely integrated into the platform of Mezzo, a mesoscopic traffic simulation model. The developed simulation, BusMezzo, represents boarding and alighting processes, dwell time, passengers left behind, schedule, driving roster, recovery time and trip chaining.
The capabilities of BusMezzo as an evaluation tool of transit operations and control are demonstrated through case study. The application included the implementation of holding control strategies on various scenarios on a real-world high-demand line in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.