A flexible approach for Demand-Responsive Public Transport in rural areas

Pasqual Martı́1, Jaume Jordán1 and Vicente Julian1, 2

  1. Valencian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (VRAIN), Universitat Politècnica de València
    Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain


Valencian Graduate School and Research Network of Artificial Intelligence, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camı́ de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain 18 Abstract. Rural mobility research has been left aside in favor of urban transportation. Rural areas’ low demand, the distance among settlements, and an older population on average make conventional public transportation inefficient and costly. This paper assesses the contribution that on-demand mobility has the potential to make to rural areas. First, demand-responsive transportation is described, and the related literature is reviewed to gather existing system configurations. Next, we describe and implement a proposal and test it on a simulation basis. The results show a clear potential of the demand-responsive mobility paradigm to serve rural demand at an acceptable quality of service. Finally, the results are discussed, and the issues of adoption rate and input data scarcity are addressed.

Key words

Demand-responsive, Transportation, Rural mobility, Simulation

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Volume 21, Issue 1 (January 2024)
Year of Publication: 2024
ISSN: 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Martı́, P., Jordán, J., Julian, V.: A flexible approach for Demand-Responsive Public Transport in rural areas. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 21, No. 1, 245–267. (2024), https://doi.org/10.2298/CSIS230115074M