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Modelling public transport: Reliably modelling unreliability

Reliability maps can provide a useful tool indicating exactly where and when problems with delays are most likely to occur
Reliability maps can provide a useful tool indicating exactly where and when problems with delays are most likely to occur
Passengers appear prepared to pay considerably more to improve reliability then reduce overall travel time
Passengers appear prepared to pay considerably more to improve reliability then reduce overall travel time

 

In the last two years, policy makers have embraced the argument that improving the reliability of public transport is just as critical as reducing congestion, says Yaron Hollander, a principal consultant at Steer Davies Gleave. A ‘reliable’ journey is one that takes approximately the same time every day and is not significantly influenced by factors that travellers cannot anticipate, Hollander adds, noting also that Sir Rod Eddington’s transport study in 2006 stated that, if...

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