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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.

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Netplan a practitioner s experience

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


Phillip Boyle & Associates has worldwide experience in use of Hastus

and NetPlan to produce successful operating outcomes

September 2012


1. Introduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


Phillip Boyle & Associates has used NetPlan extensively for planning studies and for service implementation projects

Service Location

Project Type

Outcome

September 2012


Westside bus ipswich queensland
Westside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland) planning studies and for service implementation projects

Service Area

Project Approach

Outcomes

September 2012


Westside bus ipswich queensland netplan schematic
Westside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland) – NetPlan Schematic planning studies and for service implementation projects

September 2012


Action buses canberra
ACTION Buses (Canberra) planning studies and for service implementation projects

Service Area

Project Approach

Outcomes

September 2012


Caboolture queensland
Caboolture planning studies and for service implementation projects (Queensland)

Service Area

Project Approach

Outcomes

September 2012


1. planning studies and for service implementation projectsIntroduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


The planning studies and for service implementation projectsInvicta bus network covers a substantial part of eastern Melbourne, operating 21 routes with an additional 80 dedicated school services

Existing Route Network - Invicta

September 2012


The network has a range of complexities that require sophisticated scheduling approaches
The network has a range of complexities that require sophisticated scheduling approaches

  • A 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

September 2012


1. sophisticated scheduling approachesIntroduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

Project process

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


The project focus sophisticated scheduling approacheswas to provide timetable and connectivity enhancements as part of a service change implementation

  • The 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

September 2012


The network was defined in netplan with the heavy rail system fixed for connectivity
The network was defined in NetPlan, with the heavy rail system fixed (for connectivity)

September 2012




Of 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 clockface

Bell times modeled by defining a ‘route’

September 2012


To 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 locations

September 2012


Our approach modeled alternatives to find the ‘sweet spot’ in the tradeoff between efficiency and timetable quality/intermodal connectivity

Off-Peak SQI Comparison

Existing Off-Peak

September 2012


In the end a complete set of all day timetables, blocks and runs were developed from the NetPlan solutions

September 2012


1. runs were developed from the NetPlan solutions Introduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

Coordination Improvements Summary

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


The NetPlan Service Quality Index indicated significant improvements to timetable quality, and these were supported by a detailed comparison of the timetables…..

  • Why 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 quality

The SQI for the off-peak indicated a doubling of timetable quality but needed less vehicles

September 2012



In particular there has been a significant increase in scheduled connections of 3 to 8 minutes
In particular, there has been a significant increase in scheduled connections of 3 to 8 minutes

September 2012



As a result there are 50 fewer scheduled connections of greater than 20 minutes on weekends
As a result, there are 50% fewer scheduled connections of greater than 20 minutes on weekends.

September 2012


1. greater than 20 minutes on weekends.Introduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

Patronage impacts after 12 months

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


Overall patronage from May 2011 to May 2012 has increased by over 15 percent on the eight routes surveyed

Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

September 2012


1. over 15 percent on the eight routes surveyedIntroduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

Changes in connectivity patterns

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


The survey results show a signifcant increase in passengers transferring between buses and trains, well above general patronage level increases

Invicta Phase 1

Summary of Weekday Patronage Changes

Existing

Proposed

Change

Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

September 2012


Both on a per-route basis, with almost every route showing increases in the percentage of connecting passengers…..

Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

September 2012


And by time of day where only evening services show any reduction
….and by time of day, where only evening services show any reduction

Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

September 2012


1. reductionIntroduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

On-time running improvements

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


Finally, 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 improvement

Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

September 2012


1. running increasing overall from 73% to 81% across all routes, and some routes showing substantial levels of improvementIntroduction

2. Our NetPlan Experience

3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project

4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

September 2012


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