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A Two-Stage Urban Bus Stop Location Model


  • José Moura


  • Borja Alonso


  • Ángel Ibeas


  • Francisco Ruisánchez



This research analyses optimal bus stop location using a sequentially applied two-stage model. During the first stage the bus stops are strategically located throughout the public transport system on a macroscopic scale while at the same time the social cost of the network is minimized. The second stage, on a more tactical level, uses the previously obtained macroscopic solution to microscopically locate the stops along specific urban routes whilst maximizing the commercial speed of the public transport service. The proposed model is applied to a real case; sensitivity analysis studies variations in bus stop location using different traffic flows, bus flows and signalling sequences. The results obtained show important differences in the commercial speed of the buses depending on the final location of the stops. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • José Moura & Borja Alonso & Ángel Ibeas & Francisco Ruisánchez, 2012. "A Two-Stage Urban Bus Stop Location Model," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 403-420, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:netspa:v:12:y:2012:i:3:p:403-420
    DOI: 10.1007/s11067-011-9161-z

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    1. Steven I. Chien * & Zhaoqiong Qin, 2004. "Optimization of bus stop locations for improving transit accessibility," Transportation Planning and Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(3), pages 211-227, June.
    2. Angel Ibeas & José Luis Moura & Luigi Dell'Olio & Juan de Dios Ortúzar, 2006. "Costing School Transport in Spain," Transportation Planning and Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(6), pages 483-501, May.
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    1. Gu, Weihua & Gayah, Vikash V. & Cassidy, Michael J. & Saade, Nathalie, 2014. "On the impacts of bus stops near signalized intersections: Models of car and bus delays," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 123-140.


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