Improve Public Transport

Zurich tram given priority over traffic on Limmatquai.

Zurich tram given priority over traffic on Limmatquai. (Source: Andrew Nash, 2002)

Six relatively simple and inexpensive recommendations for making public transport more attractive to customers and more efficient to operate:

1. Speed-up the vehicle boarding process. How?

  • Use off-vehicle fare collection;
  • Use level boarding or low floor vehicles;
  • Improve vehicle design.

2. Optimize stop design. How?

  • Reduce the number of stops;
  • Carefully locate stops on the street;

3. Reduce traffic congestion. How?

  • Provide dedicated lanes for public transport;
  • Use regulations and traffic engineering to control traffic;
  • Use innovative ideas to reduce traffic impacts on public transport;

4. Give public transport priority at traffic signals.

  • Reducing time spent at traffic signals makes customers happy and reduces costs.

5. Use real time data to:

  • Control public transport operations;
  • Improve public transport planning;
  • Provide accurate information to customers.

6. Support complimentary transport and urban planning measures including:

  • Traffic calming and livable streets;
  • Bicycle paths and public bicycle systems;
  • Parking management;
  • Pricing strategies.

More ideas for improving public transport:

BRT Station Curitiba Brazil

Curitiba BRT: bus and station. (Source: Carlos Restrepo)

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About the Project

Bus Meister uses an on-line game, social networking and a best practices database (+wiki) to teach people about public transport. By educating residents and providing them with a way to get involved in improving public transport we hope to stimulate creative thinking and generate the political support needed to implement good ideas.

Bus Meister has been assisted with funds provided by the City of Vienna through ZIT: The Technology Agency of the City of Vienna.

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