Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.


The public bus system in the Capital Region of Iceland, operated by Strætó bs, uses pulse scheduling, where buses from multiple routes meet at a common station at about the same time to facilitate convenient transfers. However, factors such as traffic congestion and rider boarding behavior have caused frustrating delays in the system. The goal of this project was to evaluate Strætó’s pulse scheduling and develop recommendations to improve the service. We collected and analyzed data about the logistics of rider transfers made in the bus system and gathered stakeholder perspectives. Our research confirmed that pulse scheduling may no longer be the best strategy for Strætó. Our primary recommendation was that Strætó remove pulse scheduling and increase frequency to improve rider satisfaction.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs