Entropy-based estimation of transfers in a terminal

Lishan Sun, Jian Rong, Liya Yao, Hao Xu, Hongchao Liu

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An intermodal transportation terminal is a facility that provides commuters with easy transfer between transit modes and providers such as buses, light rail, subway, taxis, airport shuttles, and commuter rail. The probability of a passenger transferring from one mode to another and the estimation of total transfer demand are of great importance to both practitioners and researchers when determining optimal design alternatives as well as the best control and management policies for daily operation of the terminal. This article presents a study that uses an entropy-based optimization approach to estimate the transfer demands between the available transportation modes in an intermodal transportation terminal. The development and calibration of the entropy model is presented in the first part of the article, which is followed by a case study of the SiHui Intermodal Terminal in Beijing, China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • entropy model
  • intermodal transportation terminal
  • transfer demand


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