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A booking portal for shared transport in rural areas.

Cooper, James A; Duffell, Jeff; Nelson, John D


James A Cooper

Jeff Duffell

John D Nelson


Although Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) has developed in a number of urban and rural areas, solutions are local with no mechanism to offer services further afield. Furthermore, transport providers, particularly smaller ones, cannot offer their services to the users easily, even though demand and spare capacity exist, as they cannot afford to invest in advanced scheduling systems. This paper describes the development of a DRT Management Portal (OpenDRT) which will match the demand for shared transport to the supply and allow passengers to actually book transport at a variety of levels of integration up to and including real-time. The technical solution developed within the project will be trialled live in Scotland, testing acceptability to operators and interoperability with other DRT planning tools and demonstrating how existing operators can interface to their current systems and new, smaller, operators can offer their services directly.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Universities Transport Studies Group
Start Date Jan 1, 2011
End Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2011
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords booking protal; shared transport; public transport; rural areas;
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