Microscopic simulation of transit operations: Policy studies with the MISTRANSIT application programming interface

Rodrigo Fernandez*, Cristian E. Cortes, Vanessa Burgos

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Microscopic traffic simulators are the most advanced tools for representing the movement of vehicles on a transport network. However, the energy spent in traffic microsimulation has been mainly oriented to cars. Little interest has been devoted to more sophisticated models for simulating transit systems. Commercial software has some options to incorporate the operation of transit vehicles, but they are insufficient to properly consider a real public transport system. This paper develops an Application Programming Interface, called MIcroscopic Simulation of TRANSIT (MISTRANSIT), using the commercial microsimulator PARAllel MICroscopic Simulation. MISTRANSIT makes advances in three ways: public transport vehicles can have new characteristics; passengers are incorporated and traced as individual objects; and specific models represent the interaction between passengers and vehicles at stops. This paper presents the modelling approach as well as various experiments to illustrate the feasibility of MISTRANSIT for studying policy operations of transit systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-176
Number of pages20
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research has been financed by FONDECYT · Chile, Grants 1061261 and 1080381, the Millennium Institute ‘Complex Engineering Systems’ (ICM: P-05-004-F, CONICYT: FBO16), Universidad de los Andes (Chile) Research Aid Fund, Grant ICIV-002-07 and CONICYT - Chile, Grant ADI-32.


  • Bus stops
  • Microsimulation
  • Operations
  • Public transport


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