Special issue: Public transportation planning in the face of uncertainty

Guest editors: M. Schmidt, K. Gkiotsalitis and I. Rodriguez Martin

  • Deadline to submit manuscripts: October 31, 2019

Operations in public transportation systems are vulnerable to delays, disruptions, and other forms of uncertainty, such as the variation of passenger demand. Uncertainties related to traffic dynamics, operations, and passenger demand affect the reliability of the services and can lead to low passenger satisfaction and ridership loss.

Public transportation planning that does not consider operational uncertainty offers services that perform well on the average case, but are vulnerable to disruptions during the actual operations. If operational uncertainty is not considered at the planning stage, slight disruptions can affect the entire spectrum of the public transport system spanning from the service frequencies and timetables to the vehicle/crew schedules and transfer synchronizations.

This special issues provides a view on the topic of mitigating the adverse effects of uncertainty in public transportation from different angles. On the one hand, we invite contributions that help us to understand and quantify the vulnerability and/or robustness of public transportation systems, and provide methods or algorithms to design reliable, resilient or robust transportation systems. On the other hand, since delays and disruptions can never be (fully) avoided, there is a need for fast algorithms and strategies for replanning and rescheduling in case of delay, disruption, and other unplanned events. The special issue is based on research presented at the EURO 2019 conference, but also invites other contributions that fit the scope. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Delay propagation and prediction
  • Measuring and quantifying reliability/robustness of public transportation systems
  • Public transportation planning under uncertainty, e.g., reliable/robust line planning, frequency setting, timetabling, rolling stock / crew scheduling
  • Re-planning of public transport services
  • Delay and disruption management
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