Calculate and convert service frequency to trips per hour and vice versa
the service frequency for a transport operation is a key component of the planning
process. There are various approaches to determining the appropriate level of
frequency, these include:
Policy – some
jurisdictions have policy positions that establish a minimum level of service
frequency, these are often referred to as Minimum Service Levels (MSL’s).
Loading Analysis – this approach identifies the actual or expected number of passengers per hour or half that will use the service. Based on patronage, a calculation using an average number of passengers per bus can be used to derive the number of services within that time period.
Frequencies – are often referred to as headway's, meaning the time between services. In some jurisdiction’s headway is measured to understand contractual compliance. This is an alternate approach to measuring on time running from a point or points (Start, mid and or end).
The term “Turn
Up and Go” is becoming more and more used to describe services. It’s a customer
term used to inform the customer that no timetable is required, simply turn up
and the next service will arrive within a short period of time. Essentially,
turn up and go services will have a maximum wait time expectation. For example,
no greater than 10 minutes.
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