Optimized Development of Urban Transportation Networks 2.0


Optimization methods will be developed for determining when rail transit networks and connected bus feeder routes should be introduced and how their operating characteristics such as service frequencies and fares should be designed. The objectives of the optimization methods will be to minimize total costs or maximize net benefits for urban public transportation systems.

Universities and Sponsoring Organization Involved

University of Maryland

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary-Research

Principal Investigators

Dr. Paul Schonfeld, pschon@umd.edu

Funding Sources and Amounts

USDOT: $100,000

Start Date

July 1, 2019

Expected Completion Date

September 30, 2020

Expected Research Outcomes

Developed methods that will be documented in reports, at least one master's thesis and in papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

Expected Equity Impacts and Benefits of Implementation

The developed methods will be applicable in improving the design and operations of public transportation systems, which are very important means of transportation for poor and disadvantaged minorities, as well as for young persons.

Subject Areas

Planning, System Design and Operation of Urban Rail and Bus Transit Systems