Title: Optimising TransMilenio BRT system operation: a mathematical model

Authors: Francisco J. Peña; Antonio Jiménez-Martín; Alfonso Mateos

Addresses: Insight – Centre for Data Analysis, University College Cork, Western Gateway Building, Washington Street, Cork, Ireland ' Decision Analysis and Statistics Group, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de Montegancedo S/N, Boadilla del Monte, 28660, Madrid, Spain ' Decision Analysis and Statistics Group, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Campus de Montegancedo S/N, Boadilla del Monte, 28660, Madrid, Spain

Abstract: In this paper we review the proposals in the literature to optimise bus rapid transit (BRT) system operation, which are based on bus scheduling and focused on varying the times between each bus departure of the different bus routes. We propose a mathematical model that adapts elements of the above proposals and incorporates novel elements accounting for the features of TransMilenio, which is Bogotá's most important mass transportation system and one of the biggest BRT systems in the world.

Keywords: bus rapid transit systems; BRT systems; optimisation; mathematical modelling; operations research; buses; bus scheduling; bus departures; bus routes; TransMilenio; Bogota; Colombia; mass transport.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2016.075289

International Journal of Operational Research, 2016 Vol.25 No.4, pp.416 - 436

Published online: 10 Mar 2016 *

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