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Trans. Planning Journal

Author Jau-Ming Su、 Chih-hung Chang、Pei-Ju Wu、 Liang-Tay Lin、Jin-Yuan Wang、Chih-Peng,Chu、Chao-Neng Chang、Kai-Chuang Hsu
Summary Transfers can extend the range of most public transportation but poorly synchronized transfers result in a waste of passengers’ time and efforts. A seamless transfer between different modes of transport is the end goal that will upgrade the connectivity of public transportation systems. This results in a need for seamless transfer indicators that can identify the time gaps in the intermodal transportation system. Consequently, this study aims to develop these transfer indicators that will help to discover the time gaps in intermodal transfers. To do this, this study extracts data from Taiwan's Railway station and its feeder buses from Public Transport Data eXchange. The empirical results from the intermodal transfer evaluation reveal that out of 227 Railways stations, 29 stations displayed a high average waiting time and low transfer rate, which implies that these stations have a high time gap which causes a severe problem in the quality of their transfers. Regarding railway stations with different levels and locations, the empirical results from the transfer time gap analysis indicates that higher level stations in the northern, central, or southern regions of Taiwan are more likely to have a higher transfer rate and with a lower waiting time. These stations fall under high quality transfer stations since they have a low transfer time gap. The empirical results from the time gap analysis of the last train reveal that the last train transfer rate from most Railways stations is lower than the average train transfer rate, which implies that the last-train passengers struggle to transfer to a bus. From the study's proposed seamless transfer indicators, public transport planners and policy makers will be able to correctly identify the time gaps between transportation systems.
Vol. 48
No. 4
Page 253
Year 2019
Month 12
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