Adjustments of Public Transit Operations Planning Process for the Use of Electric Buses
2017 (English)In: TRB Annual Meeting Online, 2017, Transportation Research Board , 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
This work investigates and discusses how the introduction of electric buses (EB), both battery and plug-in hybrid EB, will and should change the operations planning of a public transit system. It is shown that some changes are required in the design of a transit route network, and in the timetabling and vehicle scheduling processes. Other changes are not required, but are advisable, using this opportunity upon the introduction of EB. The work covers the main characteristics of different types of EB with a short description, including the most popular charging technologies, and it presents the generally accepted transit operations planning process. Likewise, it describes and analytically formulates new challenges that arise when introducing EB. The outcome of the analyses shows that multiple new considerations must take place. It is also shown that the different charging techniques will influence the operations planning process in different ways and to a varying extent. With overnight, quick and continuous charging, the main challenges are in the network route design step, given the possibility of altering the existing network of routes, with efficient and optimal changes of the timetabling and vehicle scheduling components.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Transportation Research Board , 2017.
Transport Systems and Logistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133990DiVA: diva2:1066133
Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, January 8-12
FunderSwedish Energy Agency, 40377-1