BusON: bus on need
Driving alone in a personal vehicle wastes resources and is harmful to the environment. Thus, sharing public transport is more economical and sustainable by reducing traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.
Most commuters have common destination. Hence public transport.
The bus driver lacks real time knowledge of each bus stops. Riders lack real time notification for the bus drivers for pending ride requests.
To enable data-driven development on public transit, a reliable bus ride data tracking platform is necessary.
Bus drivers lack a reliable rating system. For riders as well.
Disabled lacks an end-to-end solution for bus riding.
Bus Driver Shortage
Shortage of existing drivers but have a pool of "ex-drivers" that is no longer driving as wage is too little.
Shortage of drivers in total, as full-time bus driving is less appealing.
"On about nine days since early August, Busit has had to drop some bus runs because it didn't have enough people to put behind the wheel, Facebook posts show." --- New Zealand Herald (https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/115522948/sickness-driver-shortages-behind-hamilton-bus-system-problems)
Bus drives with few riders and drives to stations without any passengers.
Aim to provide cheap, efficient, and reliable public transportation for communities.
An app provides information symmetry for bus riders and drivers and peer to peer bus driving.
We use Netlogo (https://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/) tool to model the bus transportation system of Auckland city. The data sources include
- Bus routes and bus stops come from Auckland transport open gis data (http://data-atgis.opendata.arcgis.com/).
- Auckland city tiles come from Auckland coucil open data (https://data-aucklandcouncil.opendata.arcgis.com/)
- Number of victims data come from Police open data (policedata.nz). Note that merging bus stops and crime data is done mannually and may have inaccurracy problems.
- The bus usages is modelled randomly and follows the normal distribution (0 to 5 persons randomly pops up bus stations every hour).
The simulation results require further validation.