Journal article

Activity detection and transfer identification for public transit fare card data

Neema Nassir, Mark Hickman, Zhen-Liang Ma



This paper contributes to the emerging literature analysing public transit fare card data for a better understanding of passengers’ mobility patterns and path choices. A new heuristic is proposed to estimate the stop-level origins and destinations by detecting the traveller activities in the observed transactions in a fare card dataset. The main focus in this research is estimating the actual passenger trajectories for multi-leg journeys. If the fare card dataset includes both boarding and alighting information of each transaction, the main challenge is the estimation of origins and destinations by distinguishing the transfer interchanges from the activity locations. Built on commonly used c..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), under the ASTRA agreement. The authors would like to thank TMR for the financial support, and also Tanslink for providing the data and invaluable consultations. The authors also wish to thank the valuable comments from two anonymous reviewers.