Dynamic Extra Buses Scheduling Strategy in Public Transport

  • Bin Yu
  • Keming Wang Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, 116026, P.R.China
  • Zixuan Peng Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, 116026, P.R.China
  • Can Wang Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, 116026, P.R.China
  • Ziyou Gao School of Traffic & Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, P.R.China
  • Baozhen Yao Automotive Engineering College, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian,116024, P.R.China
Keywords: transit, service reliability assessment, extra buses scheduling strategy, heuristic algorithm,


This paper presents a dynamic extra buses scheduling strategy to improve the transit service of transit routes. In this strategy, in order to decide when to dispatch an extra bus, the service reliability of transit route is assessed firstly. A model aimed at maximizing the benefit of the extra buses scheduling strategy is constructed to determine how many stops extra buses need to skip from the terminal to accommodate passengers at the following stops. A heuristic algorithm is defined and implemented to estimate the service reliability of transit route and to optimize the initial stop of extra buses scheduling strategy. Finally, the strategy is tested on two examples: a simple and a real-life transit route in the Dalian city in China. The results show that the extra buses scheduling strategy based on terminal stops with a reasonable threshold can save 8.01% waiting time of passengers.


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Yu B, Wang K, Peng Z, Wang C, Gao Z, Yao B. Dynamic Extra Buses Scheduling Strategy in Public Transport. Promet [Internet]. 2015Jun.26 [cited 2023Feb.5];27(3):205-16. Available from: https://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/1547