Smarter Urban Dynamics - Bus Bunching

This project involves the use of real-time predictive analytics for providing controllers with predictions and anticipative correction of bus bunching. Bunching refers to the phenomenon of two buses serving the same route arriving at a stop at the same time. Desired service headways are not maintained is such cases leading to lower levels of service for passengers on account of longer wait times and lower utilization of resources for public transit providers. The 'best-effort' prediction system was piloted in Miami-Dade Transit, where alerts of bunching were presented to the operations control up to an hour in advance.