29 Jul '14, 5pm

Model helps agencies predict more accurate staffing for bus routes #METRO

Model helps agencies predict more accurate staffing for bus routes #METRO

Mineta National Transit Research Consortium 's latest peer-reviewed study, "Understanding and Modeling Bus Transit Driver Availability," has tested three models and provided a series of recommendations to help transit agencies plan for a sufficient number of drivers without over-scheduling. To accommodate unplanned employee absences (illness, emergencies, etc.), transit agencies must employ a sufficient number of transit vehicle operators to meet the demands of scheduled service. Therefore, agencies employ extraboard operators or on-call backups. Overestimating the number of extraboard operators can be costly, and underestimating can cause service problems. This study proposes stochastic (i.e., random or probability) mathematical models so transit agencies can predict necessary staffing more accurately. "Currently, decision makers estimate their staffing by using personal ...

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