Chief among them are the reduced cost of construction and quick preparation time. Modal shift from private to public and active transport is a boon to creating vibrant cities. Dedicated bus lanes are highly visible and typically marked out. KPMG research shows that for every pound spent on bus priority, the economy gains £3.32 in benefit. Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for transport, said, “It is clear that the bus lane has not achieved what it was intended to, and has reversed the improvements of the junctions and the park-and-ride. Encourage bus operators to offer better value single and return tickets for short journeys and for journeys that require a change of bus. Disadvantages: Global warming: Ideally, this is a major advantage of BRT in other countries, as reduction in the number of cars on the road leads to reduced carbon monoxide emission. Examples of bus lanes that proved to be ineffective, or which had an unacceptably detrimental effect on other traffic (see the cases of Truro and the M4 in the Appendix), suggest that modelling how people will behave once a bus lane is opened is subject to a wide range of uncertainty. Councils need to promote alternative transport options and the journey planner (once developed) continuously, not just with occasional campaigns. The key conclusion of the report for each of the three transport corridors studied is that: The report recommended the removal of twenty-two of the city’s twenty-six bus lanes, “and that alternative traffic management measures are introduced which better address the identified issues for all transport users.” Suggestions, which could equally apply in Cambridge, include: In summary, the report says, “These measures focus on addressing key transport issues along the corridor, and will be to the benefit all users whilst also promoting consistent journey times for buses.”, A bus on Tregolls Road in Truro, serving a park-and-ride site, was scrapped in November 2015, just three weeks after it opened (news story). The correct synchronisation of signals along the route is essential. Drivers are not actively seeking an alternative mode of travel. Run services along circular routes, serving more destinations. This would allow the capacity of junctions along the priority route to be maintained while ensuring queues do not extend upstream of the bus lane. Limit access to and from side roads, thereby reducing the number of vehicle manoeuvres that will hold up buses. In London the singularly mpst impressive transport policy achievement was a doubling of bus passenger journeys to over 4 billion a year between 1990 and 2014. Please add to my list and state your opinion. There is no earthly reason why cars cannot use the bus lane from the bridge onwards if they turn off at the next junction into B&Q or the retail park. The one farther out needs to be curtailed as the traffic waiting to turn up towards Fen Ditton holds up everyone else. In the transportation community, the word is out on bus lanes. (The complete report may be downloaded from bit.ly/liverbus.). the need for an adaptive method of traffic control). Traffic should be discouraged from diverting around sections of the priority route and rejoining further along. This usually resulted in a collision and/or onboard injuries as a result of a heavy brake application by the bus operator to avoid contact with the left front side portion of the bus and the vehicle sweeping from left to right to attempt the right turn. This section has now been developed into a paper on buses. Vehicles occupying dedicated right turn only lanes, instead of turning, decide to proceed straight, and have come between the bus and the approaching farside bus stop. Nothing in the article denies the space-efficiency of buses over cars, nor that local authorities should be endeavouring to achieve modal shift from private cars to public and active transport alternatives. Two detailed professional studies of bus lanes concluded that it isn’t. In considering whether to revoke the Traffic Order governing the bus lane on the M4, the Secretary of State for Transport found “no evidence that the bus lane has produced a modal shift to more sustainable modes.” The letter may be found here. Traffic can also be prevented from ‘rat running’ through residential areas by banning certain turning movements onto the priority route. They are for the most part unused. Whatever the case, it is wise to arrive a few minutes before the bus is supposed to arrive, to see if the bus arrives on time, and how long the delay is if it doesn't. More space to place bus stops, improving safety for bus … A combination of bus priority and P&R may have more success, but not enough to reduce road congestion. Introduce measures to more effectively promote the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists, including improvements to road-crossing facilities. It enables more sections of society to be ablke to particpate especially older, poorer and disabled people. Several such schemes have reported quite significant increases in patronage over relatively short periods (Leeds, Birmingham). I would suggest you actually look at urban transport mobility, than misguidedly quote a few biased pieces of research in support of your bias against bus lanes. Maybe take a look at our paper on Inbound Flow Control? Provide accurate and reliable live timetable information at bus stops and online. Where bus priority schemes provide opportunities for reduced bus journey times, service schedules must be adjusted accordingly to achieve maximum benefit. disadvantages of Bus Rapid Transit. Edward Leigh is the leader of Smarter Cambridge Transport, chair and independent co-opted member of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, chair of the South Petersfield Residents Association, business owner, consultant, and occasional blogger about making the world and Cambridge a better place to live. Make it easy to stow luggage, shopping and push chairs on buses. (In fact she’s more likely to feel angry that she could be moving faster if only the bus lane were available to all vehicles.) Within this approach bus priority is a vital component, both in terms of perceptions and gaining agreement between operators and Local Authorities. The delays caused by the bus lane are counter-productive. In the case of a median lane, another drawback is that passengers must walk across general-purpose traffic lanes to reach the bus stop. We found, for example, that the capital costs of Bus Rapid Transit in the cities we reviewed averaged $13.5 million per mile for busways, $9.0 million per mile for buses on high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and $680,000 per mile for buses on city streets, (The. Read our METRO blog, "OCTA CEO: Is your agency ready for the ‘big one’?," here. How much of an advantage do bus lanes provide? After all, congestion does not disadvantage bus passengers relative to car drivers: it delays and frustrates both equally. Where there are no times stated, the bus lanes are operational 24 hours. A recently released study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) highlights the many benefits of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, compared to rail-based mass transit. Boarding will be exactly like boarding BART. Increasing bus use relieves congestion, increases capacity and reduces air pollution. 6. Drivers must pay attention to the road signs and markings, as these will clearly show the start and end of the bus lane, … There is a wealth of measures to enhance the attractiveness of bus travel. I would also like to thank those who took a moment to introduce themselves as followers of this blog page in Metro Magazine. In November 2012, the hours of the double bus lanes on Madison Avenue were extended from 2 to 7 … […]. […] The benefits of bus lanes have been consistently overstated by council officers. The sources quoted, TRL and Mott MacDonald reports, can hardly be described as ‘biased pieces of research’. The Council’s engineers have gathered data from cameras and sensors as well as from road users. The camel has a valuable function in travel across the desert but has evident limitations in the Antarctic. A stopped bus can delay other buses. Door to door, taking the bus will always have time penalties compared with driving; focusing too closely on beating cars for a small part of the journey misses other ways in which buses can be made more attractive. Disadvantages. Second bus entering an already occupied bus stop, causing a portion of the bus to overhang into the intersection. Why do you choose to drive rather than take the bus? Director, Training Services, Transit Training Solutions (TTS). (This has the added benefit of minimising dwell time in the city centre, reducing pollution and freeing up space at Drummer Street bus station.). The cat bus can fly, it can take passengers to any destination they want – and, well, it’s adorable. A training bus no-no. If cars are moving at just 5mph, then a bus travelling at 30mph along a mile of uninterrupted bus lane will be 10 minutes faster. Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail systems offer various advantages and disadvantages. I wish David well in his endeavours in the capital where the bus indeed is part of a valued transport system for and by us all. Below I have listed a few pros and cons for both nearside and farside placement of bus stops. Bus lanes are not a good candidate, for all of the above reasons. Environmental hazards due to high emission of carbon-monoxide 6. To achieve this, comprehensive bus priority is required over time on main routes used by buses, including: The key assumption here, that congestion is ‘a major impediment to the … further increase in usage of bus services,’ needs to be tested. The urgency to spend the first £100m of City Deal money is creating a dangerous pressure to deliver something expensive quickly. not residential areas or other routes heavily used by other bus routes). Dedicated lanes keep buses out of traffic, running on time, and prevents bus bunching, which helps to Entering at a slower rate of speed, increasing the time to take corrective action to deal with someone stepping from the curb. Recently, however, schemes that introduce a package of measures, for example under the new Quality Partnership agreements, seem to be having more success at encouraging bus travel. His cause is worthy and his direction near perfect and precise. If queuing space along the route is going to be significantly reduced by the introduction of bus lanes, it is important that traffic queues are relocated upstream of the scheme. If traffic diverts from the priority route it is important that the alternative routes are suitable for the increase in demand (i.e. This would allow the majority of the green-time to be allocated to the priority route, making the detour less appealing. This is especially true in a bus lane at peak times, when the main carriageway is densely packed, providing little opportunity for the bus behind to overtake. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. After the scheme has opened, further monitoring is required to ensure that each element of the scheme is working effectively under the new traffic regime. Pedestrian stepping out from the right corner curb as the bus approaches the bus stop. Transit Improvements: Level boarding eliminates need for lifts or ramps for wheelchairs and or for people with disabilities or traveling with strollers or carts. / Procedia Computer Science 130 (2018) 824–829 3 Golan Ben-Dor et al. Demarcate turning lanes better, to help reduce the likelihood of turning vehicles blocking through movements. Plus in certain destinations bus travel is a necessary obligation. Schemes should be kept as simple as possible, and more consideration should be given to separating bus and other traffic movements, especially at junctions. Each lane is bi-directional and consists of 4 pins. ‘. Ban parking, waiting and loading during peak hours, and enforce infractions promptly. Provide safe cycling routes to bus stops and hubs. Improve traffic-signal infrastructure along the corridor to benefit capacity throughput and coordinate with other nearby signal junctions, particularly at noted pinch points. Dedicated bus lanes separate BRT buses from mixed traffic, allowing them to travel more quickly through a city. These systems have the added advantage of being able to incorporate bus priority components into the system via selective detection. Remember, most stops were moved and are still being moved due to the belief that farside is safer than nearside. Vehicles that are moving from same direction left of bus, attempting to turn right at the cross street in front of bus. The two bus lanes of southbound-only Fifth Avenue carry the M1, M2, M3, M4, and M5. for counter flow lanes), though this does remove flexibility in use of the road space (such as for supporting roadworks). When I get time I will add to your comments, I am seriously concerned that people who take a biggoted view on bus lanes are obstructing our getting the best out of them … we have local lane that is crucifying traffic (including buses) simply because they were seen as a panacea and no effort was put into managing the implications of a reduction in road space to other users. Learn how your comment data is processed. We include this only because the City Deal Board is contemplating bus priority measures along the M11 between junctions 11 and 13. Some of the questions we should be asking of a wide range of people include: With better understanding of people’s needs and priorities, we can prioritise measures to enhance the attractiveness of bus travel, and we can tailor our education/marketing messages to what we know people are most receptive to. Encourage bus operators to use two-door buses, to provide faster unloading and loading at busy stops. Rainbow bus-rapid-transit started off well but has failed to achieve its full potential. This can be achieved most effectively via an adaptive method of traffic control such as SCOOT or MOVA. (Amazingly Cambourne has just two bus shelters: this is Britain, not Barbados!). This is a terrible piece of transport policy. It should be noted that bus ridership is now in decline in London, in part because increased congestion is leading to reduced service reliability – which bus lanes cannot fix: http://roadpricing.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/next-london-mayor-will-have-to-increase.html, That you ‘could not think of anything better … than … bus lanes’ betrays both a lack of imagination and a curious hubris that, because YOU cannot think of anything better, there IS nothing better. Dual-width bus lanes are markedly superior to single-width lanes, but obviously require a substantially wider cross section, which typically is not available. At present City of York Council is able to use its civil enforcement We respect your data and privacy. Once someone has made a decision (e.g. (Happens all the time, and not a good feeling having the right side of the bus exposed to moving vehicles.) So if a driver sees the bus overtake her in the bus lane, she is unlikely to register it as evidence that she has made the wrong decision to drive. Prone to accident due to unregulated speed 4. With the growth that is planned for the city, this impediment must be removed if the bus network is to become the mode of choice for many more journeys. Effective queue location can only occur if links downstream of the holding signals can be monitored continuously (i.e. Review the location and arrangement of bus stops and waiting facilities to ensure that they are optimal. TRL conducted a very detailed study in 1999, A comparative assessment of major bus priority schemes in Great Britain. Operators having to maneuver around and merge between vehicles that are attempting to turn right into cross street from left and front of bus. Implement bus priority at all junctions, to minimise the wait time for buses at traffic lights. We agreed that agencies, over the years for safety reasons, have been favoring the farside bus stops as opposed to the nearside stops. Real-world time savings are less than one minute per kilometre of bus lane, confirmed in the City Deal consultants’ modelling predictions, a bus industry lobby group’s report on The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers, and other studies referenced in our paper on Can we do better than bus lanes? However, fully segregated bus lanes are sometimes appropriate (e.g. This demonstrates how far off modelling can be, even in 2015. A bus lane can, at best, save a few minutes on a relatively short part of an entire journey. Although bicycle lanes can have several advantages, there are also some problems related to the use of bike lanes. If you previously drove and now take the bus, what made you change your mind? Under the umbrella of the Smart Cambridgeshire programme, provide a regional journey planner that includes all public transport services, cycle and walking routes, and information about community transport and taxi services. Aboard the bus, provide a visual countdown to the next stop, what amenities the stop serves, and what transport connections are available; and provide audio cues for the visually impaired. Just providing a good alternative is not enough to change people’s minds: after all that’s why multinationals spend billions on advertising, market research and focus groups. A double decker bus typically takes the space of the equivalent of only two cars yet has the ability to carry over 80 passengers, compared to a maximum of 10 passengers in one car. Some places take advantage of lower traffic flows in one rush direction by putting the bus lane on the "other side" of the flow in the reverse direction. Robust research indicates not. Unloading can hold up loading, especially when the bus has only one door. If you previously took the bus and now drive, what made you change your mind? They form a directional pair with the two northbound-only Madison Avenue bus lanes between 42nd and 59th Streets, which carry the M1, M2, M3, and M4. June 8, 2012 One downside of bike lanes is that there will be less space for cars on our streets. Safety Corner There is frankly no common ground; for now Edward is proposing an integrated set of measures that will give Cambridge a healthier city centre and better travel to work choices. Individual device issues can also be difficult to troubleshoot, which means it is not a great setup for larger networks. Turning vehicles can block a carriageway while they wait for a gap in the oncoming traffic. We must consider the entire journey, door to door, not just the time spent sitting on a bus. Oh those bendy buses; how much we regret their demise. Is saving five minutes on the morning commute the critical determinant in whether someone drives or takes the bus? There are several disadvantages of bus lanes. But when she sees the bus snarled up in congestion at the end of the bus lane, or she overtakes it at a bus stop, that will reinforce her confidence that driving was the right decision. By clicking the submit button below, you are agreeing with Bobit Business Media’s Privacy Policy and this outlined level of consent. But is that ‘best case scenario’ typical? Hybrid bus lanes alternate between dedicated bus-only portions and mixed flow portions. This is covered in our papers on Buses and Can we do better than bus lanes? The times and days of operation may vary from bus lane to bus lane. Insecure as there are no CCTV installed 5. the disadvantages is that you might arrive at the bus stoplate, get on the wrong bus, miss your stop, or your stop not be in the bus route. Being able to plan a journey easily, without consulting timetables and different maps is what the SatNav generation expect. Disadvantages. The former has the experience of bus priority schemes in London, the latter experience of the complexity of a growing dynamic city with a very different travel to work profile and an urgent need to resolve issues concerning peak hour congestion. ©Association for European Transport and contributors 2006. A bus lane or bus-only lane is a lane restricted to buses, often on certain days and times, and generally used to speed up public transport that would be otherwise held up by traffic congestion.Bus lanes are a key component of a high-quality bus rapid transit (BRT) network, improving bus travel speeds and reliability by reducing delay caused by other traffic. On this basis it is clear that this final part of a complex scheme needs to go.”. Higher probability that drivers can avoid utility poles and other fixed obstacles due to the greater area cleared of trees and other barriers to visibility. Dedicated bus lanes ensured that commuters reach their destinations 10 to 15 minutes earlier than usual. Undertake a more detailed review of accidents at hot spots. Mostly ideal for masculine gender 7. Run more express (limited stop) services along direct routes. Some disadvantages of a bus bulb are: Can cause traffic to queue behind a stopped bus, thus causing traffic congestion; May cause drivers to make unsafe maneuvers when changing lanes in order to avoid a stopped bus […], […] Any scheme to improve public transport must be assessed against the objective of achieving significant modal shift. The location of the segregated busway within a specific roadway is a design decision that offers more options than might be immediately apparent. Adding to these two types of bus stops are stops in mid-block and after a right and left turn — a whole different set of challenges with these types. Optimise traffic light sequencing to facilitate free flow of all traffic, and manage the impact of traffic incidents efficiently. (CCTV on the exit door can be used to detect fare dodgers.). Offer free WiFi on board buses (as on the Guided Busway and X13), allowing people to communicate with colleagues and friends without relying on patchy rural mobile coverage (which would be an advantage over driving). This can be achieved by making all major junctions along the priority route, signal controlled. What do you think you will always use/need a car for? I’ll let you be the judge of that. But the time, convenience, comfort and safety (real and perceived) of this part of the journey is a key part of the (potential) bus user’s experience. Pedestrians waiting to cross do so while the bus is already standing and not moving into the stop. The bicycle in addition to benefiting health, since for the cardiovascular system is recommended and for physical activity, it is also a means of transport, of course does not have the range in speed that can have a motorcycle or a car, but if it has other advantages that have made its use important and that for many generations is still valid. You also fell into a trap described in the very first sentence, of confusing ‘bus priority’ with bus lanes. Mott MacDonald was appointed to undertake a detailed assessment study of the impacts, and a review of transport issues and opportunities along three of the key radial bus corridors into the city centre. The idea of bus lanes is fine but when they seriously delay the rest of the traffic as on Newmarket Road everyone else suffers, including pedestrians with increased pollution. An interesting exchange between David Field & Edward Leigh. Difficulty in purchasing snacks and refreshment in traffic 3. While at the coffee bar, I was approached by a transit professional who asked where I thought it was safer to place bus stops, at the nearside or farside of an intersection? Estate agents (a welcome pack for new home owners/renters), The data used to evaluate schemes must, as far as possible, reflect the average road conditions, minimising the effects of seasonal variations, roadworks, weather conditions, and abnormal traffic flows. Modelling can only be as good as the data used. Congestion typically lengthens journey times at peak times, but it can add considerable uncertainty to journey times at any time of day. People paying with cash, or needing assistance or information from the driver can add delay. Only if those measures fail to deliver a significant modal shift, and if modelling with high quality data provides a very high degree of confidence that bus lanes will achieve that shift, only then should we contemplate taking urban green space or green field land to create new road capacity. Each stop can add minutes to the journey time, often unpredictably. Bike lanes add to the turning radius at driveways and intersections, reducing the risk of rear-end crashes. For people who rely on cars for commuting, their stress levels will likely increase and also the chances for car accidents may increase. It covers ten cities, including Cambridge (Milton Road). London between 1990 and 2014 does not provide clear evidence one way or another about bus lanes: in that time the city introduced congestion charging and invested massively in new buses, better route and service information, simplified pricing, contactless payments, and a strong price incentive to use buses rather than the Tube. It allows workers who live near each other and work at the same office or within the same area of the city to pool their resources so that commuting expenses can be saved. ‘Bus priority’ has come to be used interchangeably with ‘bus lane’ or ‘busway’: the Cambridgeshire Long Term Transport Strategy(November 2014) refers to, “On-line or off-line bus priority measures between the A428 and M11” and “On-line bus priority measures between the M11 and Queens Road.” This is unfortunate because ‘bus priority’ covers a number of techniques besides segregated roadway: 1. signal priority (where the lights change as a bus approaches) 2. filtered permeability (where buses have exclu… This begs two questions: ‘Common sense’ intuition says that bus lanes can make a large difference to bus journey times, and make taking the bus significantly more attractive to car drivers. This may require minor adjustments to both the scheme and supporting traffic management measures. 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