Title: Examination of a model of bus disembarkation on a congested road in an overcrowded sightseeing parking lot

Authors: Takayuki Nanashima; Tomoyasu Ishikawa; Yoshiyuki Higuchi

Addresses: Graduate School of Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology, Fukushima University, Kanayagawa Fukushima City, 960-1296, Japan ' Graduate School of Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology, Fukushima University, Kanayagawa Fukushima City, 960-1296, Japan ' Graduate School of Symbiotic Systems Science and Technology, Fukushima University, Kanayagawa Fukushima City, 960-1296, Japan

Abstract: Traffic congestion increases the time that tourists spend waiting on a bus. At a tourist site, the congestion is often caused by the crowds of tourists and shuttle buses. In this paper, a model for disembarking tourists on a congested road so that they can go to a tourist site on foot is proposed and verified. Waiting time of tourists is shortened by carrying out this model. Sightseeing time that is fully securable can raise a tourist's satisfaction and increase regular customers. And the results verify quantitatively the effectiveness of the model for times when the parking capacity is exceeded and the bus parking lot next to the tourist site is overcrowded.

Keywords: bus disembarkation modelling; traffic congestion; park-and-ride; tourist satisfaction; congested roads; overcrowding; sightseeing buses; shuttle buses; parking capacity; tourism sites.

DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2014.063379

Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications, 2014 Vol.1 No.2, pp.159 - 175

Received: 15 Jan 2013
Accepted: 15 Jan 2013

Published online: 30 Jul 2014 *

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