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Modelling, performance evaluation and planning of public transport systems using generalized stochastic Petri nets

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Owing to the tremendous size of public transportation systems, the design process of routes and timetables follows a stringent order. Centred on hub-based networks, this paper deals with two important phases of this process: the computation of the core line frequencies and departure times. To provide more reliable connections at a reasonable cost, we use generalized stochastic Petri nets. As a result, several improvements of the hub-based network scheduling are detailed. It is shown that the Petri net modelling is a powerful technique used to study the public transport systems performance (passenger waiting times) by comparing our results with deterministic ones. Finally, an application to a real size public transportation system is given to illustrate the results.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Universitá de Technologie de Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM), Laboratoire des systàmes et transports, Site de Belfort, Belfort Technopôle, F-90010 Belfort Cedex, France

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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