Taking the bus to work




Finally I got organized and made a trip to work using the public bus. I look forward to testing my linear regression formula and reviewing my total cost of a trip analyses I made earlier in  this blog.
For this first trip, I took notes on the number of passengers. The table below shows the "load factor" of the buses I rode as I made a trip to work during a workday morning. 
For the advocacy of this blog here are some of the observations I was interested in during this journey:
  • Is the rear door and rear area of the public transit buses adaptable freight carts?
  • Do the SamTrans buses board wheelchairs?
  • How busy is the bus driver?
  • What is  the level of time and destination automation being used on the buses?
  • Are there active advertising signs inside the bus?
  • Are there any clues to the potential  for making the bus an autonomous vehicle?
  The following table shows the load factor generally increasing as the buses I rode moved from a suburban setting to a highly urbanized setting.

Definitions: Time = clock time. On = count of people who board Off = count of people who get off Riders = count of riders including the observer Seats = count of seats Load factor = riders (up to this stop) / seats. Minutes = interval between rows.



3/16/2010 bus trip home to work
Time On Off Riders Seats Load factor Minutes Comment
5:51 Leave house
6:00 0:09 Arrive at bus stop
6:03 1 8 39 0:03 Bus 294 arrive
6:11 1 1 8 39 0.21 0:08 Stop on 92 near Peets
6:18 3 11 39 0.21 0:07 Main x Kelly HMB loop
6:36 1 10 39 0.28 0:18 92 x Alameda de las Pulgas
6:38 1 9 39 0.26 0:02 Near high school
6:41 1 8 39 0.23 0:03 Near library
6:44 8 0 39 0.21 0:03 End El Camino Real x 31st
6:45 12 39 0:01 Board 390 Southbound
6:46 7 19 39 0.31 0:01
6:48 1 20 39 0.49 0:02
6:49 1 21 39 0.51 0:01
6:50 1 22 39 0.54 0:01
6:52 4 26 39 0.56 0:02
6:54 1 25 39 0.67 0:02
6:57 2 23 39 0.64 0:03
6:58 1 22 39 0.59 0:01
7:00 1 4 19 39 0.56 0:02
7:02 1 18 39 0.49 0:02
7:03 1 17 39 0.46 0:01 End bus ride ECR x Brewster
7:08 0.44 0:05 Arrive gate
7:11 0:03 Arrive at work
1:20 total trip time





































































































































































































































































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