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Demand characterization survey in a regular working day within the buses net in Madrid Region

Year: 2016

Mode: Interurban buses

Client: Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid


This work is part of the surveys carried out periodically by Consorcio de Transportes de Madrid to collect data on the operation of the public transport network in Madrid and analyze the demand in order to plan and program the delivery of the Services with the greatest guarantees of a correct adaptation of supply to demand.

The main objective is to characterize the demand in a regular working day of each line of the daytime of intercity bus network of the Community of Madrid. For this, a field investigation and its subsequent exploitation are carried out. The purpose of this study is to know:

  • The demand of passengers by stop (in and out), time period and transport title in each line.
  • The mobility characteristics of such demand, travel motive, modal chain and magnitude of the spatial relationships within the line, namely oscilograms of load and matrices of in/out stops
  • The characteristics of the supply actually produced and its deviation from the theoretical one, for the sample analyzed
  • Obtaining information on the demand coming from crossing the explanatory variables, as well as relating it to the characteristics of supply and levels of occupancy.

Job description:

The work developed by ABACO consists of conducting a universal capacity counting of the passengers up and down by stop of each one of the 114 interurban lines studied and of a survey with self-completion questionnaires to a target sample of about 120,000 users, to obtain an effective sample of about  95,000 completed interviews. The scope of the survey is the totality of the intercity bus lines of Madrid Area. Fieldwork was conducted between 6:00 and 22:00 on a regular working day.

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