Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Presentation on Transit System Optimization

Jeff Lidicker, the Civil Engineering Department's new Faculuty member focusing on Transportation Engineering, will be giving a presentation on Transit System Optimization. Here's what he has to say:

Engineers:

You are invited to a presentation I am giving for Bill Leder's Transit course Tues. 16th at 2pm in Dillman 214.  If you are interested in Transit System Evaluation/Optimization, please join us.  Those in the Transportation Enterprise are especially encouraged to attend.

I will be presenting a study of the Shuttle system around and through UC Berkeley's campus done with the intent of improving the service for passengers without spending additional funds.  Two data collection efforts were done to completely characterize the current system and demand.  An on-board survey of the passengers was administered, and then a careful documenting of times for the shuttles as they traversed their routes as well as passenger counts was also done. 

The eventual analysis produced passenger Origin-Destination maps for decision makers to use and travel time models used to evaluate potential scenarios designed to improve system performance. Recommendations for change showed a potential 15% reduction in average travel times for passengers or the elimination of some services as options.

See you there!
-Jeff Lidicker