Accounting for uncertainty and variation in accessibility metrics for public transport sketch planning

Matthew Wigginton Conway, Andrew Byrd, Michael van Eggermond


Accessibility is increasingly used as a metric when evaluating changes to public transport systems. Transit travel times contain variation depending on when one departs relative to when a transit vehicle arrives, and how well transfers are coordinated given a particular timetable. In addition, there is
necessarily uncertainty in the value of the accessibility metric during sketch planning processes, due to scenarios which are underspecified because detailed schedule information is not yet available. This article presents a method to extend the concept of "reliable" accessibility to transit to address the first issue, and create confidence intervals and hypothesis tests to address the second.


accessibility; public transport; scenario planning; probabilistic scenario comparison

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