Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services

María Alonso González of our Smart Public Transport Lab has been awarded the 2nd prize of the European TRAVISIONS 2020 young researcher competition (cross modality category). Congrats Maria, well deserved!

This recognition of Maria’s excellent work joins the Michael Beesley Award for the best
young researcher paper at the Thredbo 16 international conference in Singapore. Her research has also been shortlisted among the top 12 submissions for the
2020 ITF (International Transport Forum) Young Researcher of the Year Award.

Interested in learning about Maria’s work? You can find here the her PhD dissertation entitled “Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services: Attitudes, Preferences and Usage” which she defended in July.

The following journal publications are included in her PhD dissertation:
Alonso Gonzalez M., Cats O., van Oort N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). What are the determinants of the willingness to share rides in pooled on-demand services?Transportation, in press.

Alonso Gonzalez M., van Oort N., Cats O., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Value of Time and Reliability for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services. Transportation Research Part C, 115, 102621.

Alonso Gonzalez M., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Drivers and Barriers in Adopting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – A Latent Class Cluster Analysis of Attitudes. Transportation Research Part A, 132, 378-401.

Alonso-Gonzalez M., Liu T., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018).The Potential of Demand Responsive Transport as a Complement to Public Transport: An Assessment Framework and an Empirical Evaluation. Transportation Research Record, in press.

In addition, she contributed to more than 10 conference proceedings and numerous national and international events where she shared her research findings with experts, service planners and providers and other partners in the industry.

This work took place as part of the SCRIPTSproject financed by NWO which is a forerunner of the ERC project CriticalMaaS.

COVID-19 and public transportation: current assessment, prospects and research needs

Given the rapid pace of developments and different pathways in different places, Alejandro Tirachini and I decided to synthesize the key developments so far regarding public transportation and the COVID-19 pandemic. We present the different responses adopted by governments and public transportation agencies around the world and their related effects, and identify the research needs pertaining to critical issues that minimize contagion risk in public transportation in the so-called post-lockdown phase.

You can find the full paper here.

Soon to appear in the Journal of Public Transportation.

Avoiding the crowds

What is the crowding level that passengers find acceptable under various infection rate levels of the corona epidemic?

Fresh results from our survey show that train users are divided on this topic. Do you count yourself among the ‘crowd avoiders’ or ‘willing travelers’?

See our brief summary of the results here.

Together with Sanmay Shelat and Sander van Cranenburgh.

You can also find a short piece on the impacts of the pandemic on public transport here:

Openbaar vervoer en deelmobiliteit in en na de coronacrisis


And An English version of which is available here.

You may also check out TU Delft’s page which compiles studies on analyses and technologies of interest in the transition phase.

The role of mobility in spreading COVID-19

At the Smart Public Transport Lab we are currently undertaking a series of studies related to the corona crisis. Given the urgency and the gravity of what is at stake, we share results as soon as we are confident that we can contribute to the policy and scientific debate with sound models and empirical findings.

By now we are ready to share findings from two studies focusing on the role of mass transit and ride-sharing in spreading the virus. Welcome to check out our short articles following these links:
Virus spreading in public transport networks: the alarming consequences of the business as usual scenario [A slightly modified version is available on ResearchGate]

When sharing is not always caring: On the spreading processes in ride-sharing networks [A slightly modified version is available on ResearchGate]

And stay tuned for upcoming results from on-going studies.

PhD graduations – Ding, Menno and Panchamy

Had an eventful end of last month with three PhD graduations within a week span:

On February 21, Ding Luo defended his thesis entitled “Data-driven Analytics and Modeling of Passenger Flows and Networks for Public Transport Systems“.

Then, on February 26, Menno Yap defended his thesis on “Measuring, Predicting and Controlling Disruption Impacts for Urban Public Transport”. Menno was awarded for his work with a Cum-laude designation.

And, on February 27, Panchamy Krishnakumari defended her dissertation on “Multiscale Pattern Recognition of Transport Network Dynamics and its Applications“. Panchamy was awarded for her work with a Cum-laude designation.

Congratulations to the young doctors for their wonderful achievements!