Reliability Study for Urban Transit Buses
The reliability of transit buses is essential for the cost-effective delivery of public transportation services. This research aims to improve the reliability of transit buses through optimized operational maintenance planning. We specifically wish to develop a mathematical optimization model that would help transit operators in deciding which bus components to repair during a maintenance intervention. The model will prescribe the repair decisions based on the current health condition of the various bus components, such as the engine and brakes, while simultaneously considering the bus operating costs along with the bus failure risk. The proposed model will be tested using real data provided by major Canadian transit operators and subsequently validated using a simulation program to be developed by the research team.