How (not) to Evaluate Passenger Routes, Timetables and Line Plans


Rolf van Lieshout

Friday 1 Apr 2022, 12:00 - 13:00
Spoken Language
Room 1-13
Sanders Building
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Accurate evaluation of the service quality of public transport is imperative for public transport operators, providers of competing mobility services and policy makers. However, there is no consensus on how public transport should be evaluated.

In this talk, we fill this research gap by presenting a structural approach to evaluate three common manifestations of public transport (route sets, timetables and line plans), considering the two predominant route choice models (shortest path routing and logit routing).

The measures for service quality that we derive are consistent with the underlying routing models, are easy to interpret, and can be computed efficiently, providing a ready-to-use framework for evaluating public transport. As a byproduct, our analysis reveals multiple managerial insights.

About Rolf van Lieshout

Rolf van Lieshout is an assistant professor in the department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

He applies advanced analytical techniques to improve decision-making in transportation and logistics, with a focus on public transport. He did his PhD at the Econometric Institute at Erasmus University Rotterdam and will defend his dissertation in May 2022.


For those not able to attend on campus, we will broadcast the talk via Zoom. You can find the information below. 

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  • Meeting ID: 951 5698 6071
  • Passcode: 385550


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