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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2015, Article ID 328320, 8 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Bus Networks in China: From Topology and Transfer Perspectives

1School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
2Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2700, USA
3Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK

Received 11 December 2014; Revised 27 February 2015; Accepted 4 March 2015

Academic Editor: Ricardo López-Ruiz

Copyright © 2015 Hui Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the development of the public transportation, bus network becomes complicated and hard to evaluate. Transfer time is a vital indicator to evaluate bus network. This paper proposed a method to calculate transfer times using Space P. Four bus networks in China have been studied in this paper. Some static properties based on graph theory and complex theory are used to evaluate bus topological structure. Moreover, a bus network evolution model to reduce transfer time is proposed by adding lines. The adding method includes four types among nodes with random choice, large transfer time, degree, and small degree. The results show that adding lines with nodes of small degree is most effective comparing with the other three types.