Optimizing the routing of public transport networks

10 November 2016, 18:03

Today, route networks of urban passenger transport in Russian cities have a number of serious drawbacks, such as excessive amount and length of routes, significant overlapping, complexity, low inter- and multi-modality of the network, lack of specific roles of various modes of transport, lack of a clear difference between trunk routes and feeder routes, fragmentation, low connectivity, and uneven coverage and density of the route network.

Upgrading the route network will allow for a smooth transition to a more efficient network to ensure greater predictability of transportation by reducing the length of certain routes and creating new trunk routes with the lowest non-linearity factor. The quality of passenger service should not decrease as a result of such reforms. Existing transport supply can only be reduced after an alternative is provided which is no less convenient for passengers in terms of time and costs.

Key stages of this route network upgrade can include creation of a core route network of urban passenger transport on the basis of optimized existing routes as well as new trunk routes using dedicated lanes, gradual reduction and elimination of certain routes duplicating those of the core network, change of traffic patterns of individual routes, as well as construction of new lines.


Core route network proposals for Krasnoyarsk

Completed projects:

  • Developing an urban transport route network upgrade concept for Krasnoyarsk
  • Developing optimization proposals for certain urban transport routes in St. Petersburg