Travel data collection using a smart phone for the estimation of multimodal travel times of intra-city public transportation
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Dept. of Civil Engineering, K. L. University, Vijayawada-522502, AP, India
Submission date: 2022-01-03
Final revision date: 2022-03-25
Acceptance date: 2022-04-26
Publication date: 2022-09-30
Archives of Civil Engineering 2022;68(3):397-409
All the available modes of travel and their respective travel parameters must be known to the commuters before their trip. Otherwise they may either spend more money or more time for the trip. In addition to this, recent pandemic, rapidly spreading novel corona virus is demanding a smart solution for contactless commuting. This paper suggests a practical solution to make both the above possible and it emphasizes the applicability of two developed android applications, one for travel data collection and another to predict travel time for a multimodal trip within the study area. If the whole trip is by a single mode, the user can get the corresponding travel time estimate from “Google maps”. But, if the trip is by multiple modes, it is not possible to get the total travel time estimate for the whole trip at a time from “Google maps”. A separate travel mode for “auto” is unavailable in “Google maps” alongside drive, two-wheeler, train or bus and walk alternatives. It is also observed that the travel time estimate of “Google maps” for the city buses is inaccurate. Hence, the two modes (Buses and Autos) were chosen for the study. Unless and until the travel times and stopping times of the two modes are known, it is not possible to predict their trip times. Hence, the mobility analysis was performed for the two modes in the study area to find their respective average travel rate at peak hours, across 15 corridors and the results were presented.
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