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NetPlan – A Practitioner’s Experience. HASTUS International User Group. September 2012. 1. Introduction. 2 . Our NetPlan Experience. 3 . Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project. 4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes. September 2012. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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NetPlan A Practitioners ExperienceHASTUS International User GroupSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project2September 20124. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & Associates has worldwide experience in use of Hastusand NetPlan to produce successful operating outcomes

3September 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project44. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & Associates has used NetPlan extensively for planning studies and for service implementation projects5Service LocationProject TypeIpswich, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyCaboolture, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyPark Ridge, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyWestern SydneyCompetitive TenderingIn progressCroydon, VicImplementation/Network ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyDoncaster, VicCompetitive TenderingIn progressCranbourne, VicImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyBendigo, VicImplementation/Service ChangeIn progressLatrobe Valley, VicImplementation/Network ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiencyCanberra, ACTNetwork Change/Planning StudyIn progressLas Vegas, NVCompetitive TenderingImproved gold-line timetableOutcomeSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesWestside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland)6

Service Area18 bus routes, 70 peak vehicles (incl. schools)Heavy rail service to downtown Brisbane requiring strong intermodal connectivity at five stationsSeveral routes serving common corridorsProject ApproachComplete re-write of all timetables, on a revised networkProvide an implementable solution, complete with driver paddles and period rostersWork with the bus company on behalf of the state (Translink)OutcomesMajor improvement in connectivity & timetable quality Improved operating efficienciesIncreased patronageSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesWestside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland) NetPlan Schematic7

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesACTION Buses (Canberra)8Service Area80 bus routes, approx 350 peak busesBus is the only modeNetwork serves downtown plus four additional regional centresTrunk services supported by feeder routesProject ApproachSupport network planning to identify resource impacts of potential network changesRun NetPlan for both existing and proposed networks to allow valid comparisonUse NetPlan solutions as basis for more detailed scheduling tasksOutcomesAllowing strong support of evidenced-based planning process Identifying potential for improved timetable qualityOngoing project

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesCaboolture (Queensland)9Service Area6 bus routes, 8 peak busesHeavy rail service to downtown Brisbane requiring strong intermodal connectivity at five stationsProject ApproachComplete re-write of all timetables, for an existing networkProvide an implementable solution, complete with driver paddles and period rostersWork with the bus company on behalf of the state (Translink)OutcomesMajor improvement in connectivity & timetable quality Improved operating efficiencies (8% more service for 2% more cost)Strong patronage increases

September 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project104. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesThe Invicta bus network covers a substantial part of eastern Melbourne, operating 21 routes with an additional 80 dedicated school services11Existing Route Network - Invicta

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesThe network has a range of complexities that require sophisticated scheduling approachesA few challenges:

Strong connectivity required with the heavy rail system

A range of different route types, and sometimes vehicle types

Some routes offer demand-responsive or flex-route configurations

A number of dedicated school runs are operated and integrated (scheduling-wise) with the regular route services

12September 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project134. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesProject processSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesThe project focus was to provide timetable and connectivity enhancements as part of a service change implementationThe key project objectives were:

Generate substantial service quality improvements

Improve the understanding of connection requirements through additional research (Monash ITS recommended the NetPlan SQI as the most appropriate indicator of relative timetable quality)

Provide network improvements

Ensure the final solution is of sufficient operating robustness to be implemented

Provide a completed operating solution

14September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesThe network was defined in NetPlan, with the heavy rail system fixed (for connectivity)15September 2012

Phillip Boyle & AssociatesMany instances of common route corridors were also considered16September 2012

Phillip Boyle & AssociatesOver 70 meet builders were defined, both intermodal and bus-to-bus17September 2012

Phillip Boyle & AssociatesOf particular note was the need to, in some instances, build the whole-of-day timetable based on travelling past the school at morning/afternoon bell times, but keeping an all-day clockface18September 2012

Bell times modeled by defining a routePhillip Boyle & AssociatesTo understand how to weight/prioritize the meet builders, we undertook a system-wide on-board survey, using an advanced iPad data collection system, tracking the number of passengers transferring at key locations19September 2012

Phillip Boyle & AssociatesOur approach modeled alternatives to find the sweet spot in the tradeoff between efficiency and timetable quality/intermodal connectivity20September 2012

Off-Peak SQI ComparisonExisting Off-PeakPhillip Boyle & AssociatesIn the end a complete set of all day timetables, blocks and runs were developed from the NetPlan solutions 21September 2012

Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project224. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesCoordination Improvements SummarySeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesThe NetPlan Service Quality Index indicated significant improvements to timetable quality, and these were supported by a detailed comparison of the timetables..23September 2012Why use the SQI?

Allows an objective comparison of different options or solutions

Enables better understanding of the tradeoff between cost and quality Recommended by Monash ITS research as the best method for evaluating timetable qualityThe SQI for the off-peak indicated a doubling of timetable quality but needed less vehiclesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesOn weekdays, there are 19% more scheduled connections within 12 minutes. 24

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesIn particular, there has been a significant increase in scheduled connections of 3 to 8 minutes25

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesOn weekends, there are 42% more scheduled connections < 12 minutes. 26

September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesAs a result, there are 50% fewer scheduled connections of greater than 20 minutes on weekends.27

September 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project284. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesPatronage impacts after 12 months September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesOverall patronage from May 2011 to May 2012 has increased by over 15 percent on the eight routes surveyed29September 2012RouteMay 2011May 2012Change6641,4981,5866%671192165-14%67216723641%6759213142%676981002%677171154-10%6911,1921,2807%6931,2631,71536%Overall4,6735,36715%Source PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project304. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesChanges in connectivity patternsSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesThe survey results show a signifcant increase in passengers transferring between buses and trains, well above general patronage level increases31ExistingProposedTotal Bus Patronage4,6735,367694 (+15%)Total Connecting Passengers8491,278429 (+51%)Total Connecting Passengers as % of bus Patronage18%24%ChangeInvicta Phase 1Summary of Weekday Patronage ChangesSource PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012September 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesBoth on a per-route basis, with almost every route showing increases in the percentage of connecting passengers..32

September 2012Source PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates.and by time of day, where only evening services show any reduction33September 2012

Source PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project344. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesOn-time running improvementsSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & AssociatesFinally, service reliability has also improved, with on-time running increasing overall from 73% to 81% across all routes, and some routes showing substantial levels of improvement35

September 2012Source PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012Phillip Boyle & Associates1. Introduction2. Our NetPlan Experience3. Project Focus Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project364. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable OutcomesSeptember 2012Phillip Boyle & AssociatesPhillip Boyle & Associates