The Transit Boarding Estimation and Simulation Tool (TBEST) is a multi-faceted GIS-based modeling, planning and analysis tool which integrates socio-economic, land use, and transit network data into a unique platform for scenario-based transit ridership estimation and analysis.
TBEST contains a modeling structure which allows flexibility in model calibration, validation and application including Bus Rapid Transit ridership forecasts sensitive to a range of implemented characteristics. Its ridership estimation models simulate travel demand at the individual stop-level while accounting for network connectivity, spatial and temporal accessibility, time-of-day variations, and route competition and complementary.
With a scenario-based framework, users construct transit alternatives for out-year modeling, market analysis, and network accessibility analysis. TBEST provides supporting functions for strategic transit development plans, service planning, FTA Title VI, mobility planning, comprehensive operational analysis, GTFS network compatibility, JARC and Service Development grant applications, performance reporting, and network scenario comparison.