Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2740

Full Length Research Paper

Influence of vehicle headway irregularity in public transport on in-vehicle passenger comfort

Milan Simeunovic*, Milja Lekovic, Zoran Papic and Pitka Pavle
Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Dositeja Obradovica Square, No. 6, 21000 Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 June 2012
  •  Published: 16 August 2012



This paper performs an analysis of the influence of headway irregularity in public transport on the quality of the transport service, in the domain of in-vehicle passenger comfort. The influence of vehicle headway irregularity along a route on the in-vehicle passenger comfort has been analysed on urban bus routes that operate in a mixed traffic flow. Based on the research conducted on 2,800 bus departures, the headways and capacity utilizations have been determined for every individual vehicle along a route. On the recorded departures, the capacity utilizations have been analyzed in real working conditions. Based on the real recorded capacity utilizations (with headway deviations) and simulated capacity utilizations (without headway deviations), a comparative analysis has been performed on the influence of headway irregularities along a route on the capacity utilizations, that is, on in-vehicle passenger comfort.


Key words: Transport service quality, headway irregularity, capacity utilization, in-vehicle comfort.