Deduction of passengers' route choice from smart card data

E Hurk, LG Kroon, G Maróti, Peter Vervest

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Deducing passengers' route choices from smart card data provides public transport operators with the opportunity to evaluate and improve their passenger service. Especially in the case of disruptions, when traditional route choice models may not be valid, this is an advantage. This paper proposes a method for deducing the chosen route of passengers based on smart card data, and validates this method on a real life data set. The method deduces the correct route for about 95% of the journeys per day in our validation sample, also in case of disruptions. Moreover, it is shown how this method can be used to analyze and evaluate passenger service by a case study based on a real life data set of Netherlands Railways,the largest passenger railway operator in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-440
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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