Adaptive Bus Control

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Although public transportation is undoubtedly an efficient mode to move a large number of passengers while minimizing their externalities onto society, its effectiveness is often hindered by limited reliability, which in turn reduces the appeal of the mode and ultimately, its usage. Adaptive bus control strategies can be used to improve the reliability of public transportation and increase its ridership in the long term. In this chapter, we explore a number of control strategies implemented at the infrastructure level, during the dispatching process, or at the vehicle level. For each of them, we highlight both the advantages and limitations. In addition, we discuss how new technologies and information sources could potentially change many of these strategies, and the concept of reliability for future public transportation systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Adaptive bus control
  • Bus bunching
  • Bus dispatching
  • Bus holding
  • Bus insertion
  • Bus reliability
  • Bus substitution
  • Headways
  • Perimeter control
  • Presignals
  • Signal timing
  • Stop skipping
  • Timetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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