Smart PT in a nutshell
Why do we need a Smart and Adaptive Public Transport System?
- Our transportation system is polarized: Either fully private (cars/taxis) or fully public and regulated (PT). Intermediate modes are hardly significant (mostly access/egress to other PT)
- PT services accommodate the demand of the past. Routes and timetables are mostly static, and services have difficulty to adapt to gradual changes in demand
- Demand- Supply mismatch brings PT to an ineffective equilibrium where PT users are mostly captives - the young, the elderly and low income households.
- Supplying more and more information on PT does not influence car users behaviour.
What is our approach to solve this problem?
- Systemically analyse the discrepancy between end-user travel demand and existing urban transit supply;
- Develop core algorithms of seamless adaptation of the inflexible transit supply to the current population activities and further PT evolution following up the gradually changing urban population patterns;
- Evaluate these core algorithms with a spatiotemporally -explicit high resolution agent-based simulation model using both synthetic and real historical data of urban dynamics
- Develop the pathways and policies for implementing SMART-PT approach in case studies of the project teams;
- investigate the potential impacts of this approach on end-users, service providers and regulators.
How will SMART-PT work?
What are the project outputs?
- SmartPT Interface: a system for collecting and analysing real or synthetic data on land-use/activity dynamics and users flows and providing spatiotemporal forecasts of demand
- SmartPT Kernel: a set of core algorithms that adapt PT operations to user demand by substituting modes and varying their routes and schedules
- SmartPT Sim: a spatially explicit high-resolution Agent-Based simulation environment that enables validation and sensitivity analyses of the SmartPT functioning in the city
- SmartPT Policy: a set of implementable policy measures and a participatory gaming platform for the seamless transition from inflexible to adaptive PT and further evolution of the transit system following evolving urban population pattern and end-user activities.
Where will the project take place?
The research framework will be employed for developing a proof-of-concept and investigate its effectiveness in case studies in Tel-Aviv, Stockholm and Leuven .