Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Safaei, F. (2012). Transport commons: a community based public transport system. IEEE 75th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2012 (pp. 1-5). United States: IEEE.


In this paper we present a generalization of the concept of car-pooling for a public transport system, in which members of the community donate their trips to the 'transport commons'. The proposed system will then match the passengers to vehicles based on a range of criteria, including trip times, personal choices and economic incentives. We develop an analytical model to determine the probability of obtaining a ride from the transport commons in a worst-case scenario. The results of the analysis as well as simulation study demonstrate that the transport commons can provide a practical basis for a dependable public transport service.





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