Project description

Transport accounts for one-fifth of Denmark’s CO2 emissions; consequently, the 2009 Danish Green Transport Agreement requires that public transport must attract a greater share of transport demand. To date, the policy focus has been to increase the supply of public transport through investment in facilities. However, last year the Danish Congestion Com-mission recommended that greater attention be given to coordination between separate transport providers so that existing services are more accessible, more reliable, and more attractive to travellers.

The Integrated Public Transport Optimisation and Planning project (IPTOP) directly addresses this objective through the development and application of innovative data analysis and mathematical optimisation. Recent technological changes have made available vast amounts of data that warrant a fresh look at large scale optimisation methods and the integration of transport services.

Significant contributions to the literature may be made in methods for global optimisation of passenger preferences and operational constraints (Parbo et al, 2014a). IPTOP leverages today’s better understanding of traveller data and preferences (Anderson, 2013) so that public transport is faster, more reliable, more customer focused, and yet provided efficiently at reasonable cost.

Many countries have similar needs and organization of public transport, thus the results of IPTOP are relevant to a global audience. IPTOP is well positioned to achieve its objectives due to strong relations with transport providers and international research authorities.