Analysis of Public Transport Ridership During a Heavy Snowfall in Seoul

  • Seonyeong Lee
  • Minsu WonEmail author
  • Seunghoon Cheon
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1212)


Severe weather conditions, such as heavy snowfall, rain, heatwave, etc., may affect travel behaviors of people and finally change traffic patterns in transportation networks. Hence, this study has focused on the impacts of a weather condition on travel patterns of public transportations, especially when a heavy snowfall which is one of the most critical weather conditions. First, this study has figured out the most significant weather condition affecting changes of public transport ridership using weather information, card data for public transportation, mobile phone data; and then, developed a decision tree model to determine complex inter-relations between various factors such as socio-economic indicators, transportation-related information. As a result, the trip generation of public transportations in Seoul during a heavy snowfall is mostly related to average access times to subway stations by walk and the number of available parking lots and spaces. Meanwhile, the trip attraction is more related to business and employment densities in that destination.


Weather condition Public transport ridership Card data Mobile phone data Decision-Tree model 



This study was funded by the Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea Meteorological Institute (Grant No. KMI2018-04910).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Korea Transport InstituteSejong-SiRepublic of Korea

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