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    Posted in July 2014

    International Workshop on Utilizing Transit Smart Card Data for Service Planning

    Collecting fares through “smart cards” is becoming standard in most advanced public transport networks of major cities around the world. Using such cards has advantages for users as well as operators. Whereas for travellers smartcards are mainly increasing convenience, operators value in particular the reduced money handling fees. Smartcards further make it easier to integrate the fare systems of several operators within a city and to split the revenues. The electronic tickets also make it easier to create complex fare systems (time and space differentiated prices) and to give incentives to frequent or irregular travellers.
    Less utilised though appear to be the behavioural data collected through smartcard data. The records, even if anonymous, allow for a much better understanding of passengers’ travel behaviour as various literature has begun to demonstrate. This information can be used for better service planning.

    First International Workshop on Utilizing Transit Smart Card Data for Service Planning; 2nd – 3rd July, 2014; Gifu, Japan

    My contribution to the workshop: Short term public transport modelling using smart card data

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