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Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid TransitAn international and interdisciplinary perspective$
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Juan Carlos Munoz and Laurel Paget-Seekins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326168

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326168.001.0001

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Managing drivers and vehicles for cost-effective operations in regulated transit systems

Managing drivers and vehicles for cost-effective operations in regulated transit systems

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(p.337) Eighteen Managing drivers and vehicles for cost-effective operations in regulated transit systems
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Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit
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Omar Ibarra

Ricardo Giesen

Juan Carlos Munoz

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326168.003.0018

Reducing the operating cost of public transport systems is a critical issue in order to provide an efficient service without increasing fares and/or subsidies. To achieve this, operational research techniques can be implemented, especially in regulated transit systems where there are policies to meet a specific level of service and operational standards. In this chapter we address some elements that should be considered at tactical, strategic and operational levels regarding the following decisions: i) determining the type of buses to be used; ii) estimating the fleet size; iii) defining the trips-vehicles assignment at the operational level to reduce costs; and finally, iv) determining the duties-drivers assignment to diminish drivers’ wages and meet working regulations. In addition, we present optimisation problems, assuming more flexible characteristics not commonly considered in literature until now. The results presented here show that heterogeneous contracts for drivers and irregular timetables provide attractive potential cost savings, but require sophisticated systems to achieve them.

Keywords:   public transport systems, regulated transit systems, working regulations

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