Title

Can Bus Routing be Improved Through Traffic Study?

Author(s)

Eli Horner

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Math and Computer Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

This project examined how traffic study can be used to reduce the amount of time that school buses must spend on the road. The purpose of the project is to reduce the amount of time that students at Chapin schools spend riding the bus. This could also reduce the cost of transportation for the school district. Major intersections near Chapin High School were examined in order to determine the number of vehicles passing through them and the times at which the amount of vehicles was the highest. The hypothesis was that there would be significant variations in the traffic density over the time period studied. The data was analyzed and compared with current routes. New routes will be drawn from the results that will adjust the timing of the buses so that they arrive at the high traffic locations at ideal times. Data collection from the intersection of Amick’s Ferry Road and Chapin Road, shows that the amount of vehicles traveling through the intersection peaks twice, around 7:30am and 8:00am. In between those peaks, there is a pronounced decrease in the amount of traffic. From this data, preliminary conclusions can be made that show that there are variations in the volume of vehicles in the intersections within the two hours preceding the start time of the school, therefore supporting the hypothesis. These results can be used to help to improve the efficiency of the Chapin bus system, by allowing the buses to be routed through these intersections at lower traffic times.

Start Date

4-11-2015 2:15 PM

End Date

4-11-2015 2:30 PM

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Apr 11th, 2:15 PM Apr 11th, 2:30 PM

Can Bus Routing be Improved Through Traffic Study?

This project examined how traffic study can be used to reduce the amount of time that school buses must spend on the road. The purpose of the project is to reduce the amount of time that students at Chapin schools spend riding the bus. This could also reduce the cost of transportation for the school district. Major intersections near Chapin High School were examined in order to determine the number of vehicles passing through them and the times at which the amount of vehicles was the highest. The hypothesis was that there would be significant variations in the traffic density over the time period studied. The data was analyzed and compared with current routes. New routes will be drawn from the results that will adjust the timing of the buses so that they arrive at the high traffic locations at ideal times. Data collection from the intersection of Amick’s Ferry Road and Chapin Road, shows that the amount of vehicles traveling through the intersection peaks twice, around 7:30am and 8:00am. In between those peaks, there is a pronounced decrease in the amount of traffic. From this data, preliminary conclusions can be made that show that there are variations in the volume of vehicles in the intersections within the two hours preceding the start time of the school, therefore supporting the hypothesis. These results can be used to help to improve the efficiency of the Chapin bus system, by allowing the buses to be routed through these intersections at lower traffic times.