Urban Transport Group commissions new city region bus planning tool
Posted: 13 December 2019 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The new model will reportedly have improved and more efficient capabilities than its predecessor, which has been used since 2011.
The Urban Transport Group (UTG) has commissioned a new model to help city regions plan the future of their bus networks through forecasting how factors such as population, employment, car ownership, service levels, fares and public funding will drive bus patronage over the next decade.
The model, which is expected to be operational in Spring 2020, will replace the existing Metropolitan Bus Model, which UTG members have been using since 2011 in developing and implementing their bus strategies.
The new model will allegedly have more sophisticated functionality than its predecessor, including the ability to test the implications of different policy measures or background trends on bus use by age group, by local authority district and at different times of the day.
Jonathan Bray, Director of the UTG, said: “One of our roles is to save money through joint procurement and the Metropolitan Bus Model is a prime example of how we do this through establishing a shared and unique resource rather than each transport authority commissioning their own forecasting tools. The model also forms part of our wider programme of data-driven work on what is really driving bus patronage, which is designed to help ensure that investment in bus services is targeted most effectively.”