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Phillip Boyle & Associates NetPlan – A Practitioner’s Experience HASTUS International User Group September 2012.

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1 Phillip Boyle & Associates NetPlan – A Practitioner’s Experience HASTUS International User Group September 2012

2 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project 2September NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes

3 Phillip Boyle & Associates Phillip Boyle & Associates has worldwide experience in use of Hastus and NetPlan to produce successful operating outcomes 3September 2012

4 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project 4 4. NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes September 2012

5 Phillip Boyle & Associates Phillip Boyle & Associates has used NetPlan extensively for planning studies and for service implementation projects 5 Service LocationProject Type Ipswich, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Caboolture, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Park Ridge, QLDImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Western SydneyCompetitive TenderingIn progress Croydon, VicImplementation/Network Change Major improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Doncaster, VicCompetitive TenderingIn progress Cranbourne, VicImplementation/Service ChangeMajor improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Bendigo, VicImplementation/Service ChangeIn progress Latrobe Valley, VicImplementation/Network Change Major improvement in connectivity/service quality and improved efficiency Canberra, ACTNetwork Change/Planning StudyIn progress Las Vegas, NVCompetitive TenderingImproved gold-line timetable Outcome September 2012

6 Phillip Boyle & Associates Westside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland) 6 Service Area 18 bus routes, 70 peak vehicles (incl. schools) Heavy rail service to downtown Brisbane requiring strong intermodal connectivity at five stations Several routes serving common corridors Project Approach Complete re-write of all timetables, on a revised network Provide an implementable solution, complete with driver paddles and period rosters Work with the bus company on behalf of the state (Translink) Outcomes Major improvement in connectivity & timetable quality Improved operating efficiencies Increased patronage September 2012

7 Phillip Boyle & Associates Westside Bus, Ipswich (Queensland) – NetPlan Schematic 7 September 2012

8 Phillip Boyle & Associates ACTION Buses (Canberra) 8 Service Area 80 bus routes, approx 350 peak buses Bus is the only mode Network serves downtown plus four additional regional centres Trunk services supported by feeder routes Project Approach Support network planning to identify resource impacts of potential network changes Run NetPlan for both existing and proposed networks to allow valid comparison Use NetPlan solutions as basis for more detailed scheduling tasks Outcomes Allowing strong support of evidenced-based planning process Identifying potential for improved timetable quality Ongoing project September 2012

9 Phillip Boyle & Associates Caboolture (Queensland) 9 Service Area 6 bus routes, 8 peak buses Heavy rail service to downtown Brisbane requiring strong intermodal connectivity at five stations Project Approach Complete re-write of all timetables, for an existing network Provide an implementable solution, complete with driver paddles and period rosters Work with the bus company on behalf of the state (Translink) Outcomes Major improvement in connectivity & timetable quality Improved operating efficiencies (8% more service for 2% more cost) Strong patronage increases September 2012

10 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes September 2012

11 Phillip Boyle & Associates The Invicta bus network covers a substantial part of eastern Melbourne, operating 21 routes with an additional 80 dedicated school services 11 Existing Route Network - Invicta September 2012

12 Phillip Boyle & Associates The network has a range of complexities that require sophisticated scheduling approaches A few challenges:  Strong connectivity required with the heavy rail system  A range of different route types, and sometimes vehicle types  Some routes offer demand-responsive or flex-route configurations  A number of dedicated school runs are operated and integrated (scheduling-wise) with the regular route services 12 September 2012

13 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes Project process September 2012

14 Phillip Boyle & Associates The project focus was to provide timetable and connectivity enhancements as part of a service change implementation The key project objectives were:  Generate substantial service quality improvements  Improve the understanding of connection requirements through additional research (Monash ITS – recommended the NetPlan SQI as the most appropriate indicator of relative timetable quality)  Provide network improvements  Ensure the final solution is of sufficient operating robustness to be implemented  Provide a completed operating solution 14 September 2012

15 Phillip Boyle & Associates The network was defined in NetPlan, with the heavy rail system fixed (for connectivity) 15 September 2012

16 Phillip Boyle & Associates Many instances of common route corridors were also considered 16 September 2012

17 Phillip Boyle & Associates Over 70 meet builders were defined, both intermodal and bus-to-bus 17 September 2012

18 Phillip Boyle & Associates Of particular note was the need to, in some instances, build the whole-of-day timetable based on travelling past the school at morning/afternoon bell times, but keeping an all- day clockface 18 September 2012 Bell times modeled by defining a ‘route’

19 Phillip Boyle & Associates To understand how to weight/prioritize the meet builders, we undertook a system-wide on-board survey, using an advanced iPad data collection system, tracking the number of passengers transferring at key locations 19 September 2012

20 Phillip Boyle & Associates Our approach modeled alternatives to find the ‘sweet spot’ in the tradeoff between efficiency and timetable quality/intermodal connectivity 20 September 2012 Off-Peak SQI Comparison Existing Off-Peak

21 Phillip Boyle & Associates In the end a complete set of all day timetables, blocks and runs were developed from the NetPlan solutions 21 September 2012

22 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes Coordination Improvements Summary September 2012

23 Phillip Boyle & Associates The NetPlan Service Quality Index indicated significant improvements to timetable quality, and these were supported by a detailed comparison of the timetables….. 23 September 2012 Why use the SQI?  Allows an objective comparison of different options or solutions  Enables better understanding of the tradeoff between cost and quality  Recommended by Monash ITS research as the best method for evaluating timetable quality The SQI for the off-peak indicated a doubling of timetable quality but needed less vehicles

24 Phillip Boyle & Associates On weekdays, there are 19% more scheduled connections within 12 minutes. 24 September 2012

25 Phillip Boyle & Associates In particular, there has been a significant increase in scheduled connections of 3 to 8 minutes 25 September 2012

26 Phillip Boyle & Associates On weekends, there are 42% more scheduled connections < 12 minutes. 26 September 2012

27 Phillip Boyle & Associates As a result, there are 50% fewer scheduled connections of greater than 20 minutes on weekends. 27 September 2012

28 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes Patronage impacts after 12 months September 2012

29 Phillip Boyle & Associates Overall patronage from May 2011 to May 2012 has increased by over 15 percent on the eight routes surveyed 29September 2012 RouteMay 2011May 2012Change 6641,4981,5866% % % % % % 6911,1921,2807% 6931,2631,71536% Overall4,6735,36715% Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

30 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes Changes in connectivity patterns September 2012

31 Phillip Boyle & Associates The survey results show a signifcant increase in passengers transferring between buses and trains, well above general patronage level increases 31 ExistingProposed Total Bus Patronage4,6735, (+15%) Total Connecting Passengers8491, (+51%) Total Connecting Passengers as % of bus Patronage 18%24% Change Invicta Phase 1 Summary of Weekday Patronage Changes Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012 September 2012

32 Phillip Boyle & Associates Both on a per-route basis, with almost every route showing increases in the percentage of connecting passengers….. 32September 2012 Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

33 Phillip Boyle & Associates ….and by time of day, where only evening services show any reduction 33September 2012 Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

34 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes On-time running improvements September 2012

35 Phillip Boyle & Associates Finally, service reliability has also improved, with on-time running increasing overall from 73% to 81% across all routes, and some routes showing substantial levels of improvement 35September 2012 Source – PBA surveys conducted in May 2011 & May 2012

36 Phillip Boyle & Associates 1. Introduction 2. Our NetPlan Experience 3. Project Focus – Invicta intermodal Scheduling Project NetPlan Solutions to Implementable Outcomes September 2012


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