Access to the North East suburbs of Adelaide has been greatly improved by the opening of the second phase of the guided busway. Conventional buses are equipped with small horizontal guidewheels located at the front of the vehicle. These guidewheels revolve against the concrete guideway sides to guide the steering wheels. The guideways have been engineered to precise standards to give a good riding quality at speeds up to 100 km/h. The system has a reduced cross section of the two-lane busway compared with other forms of guided public transport and there has been a considerable reduction in reported bus driver stress since their introduction. The track consists of pre-cast concrete elements assembled in a similar manner to railway track with concrete crossbeams supported on bored piles for long term stability. Access, rather than volume, is more of a problem in Adelaide where 20 per cent of passengers travelled from outer to inner suburbs. Some 30 per cent of total bus travel time was spent on the guideway with minimum headways set at one minute, giving 550 m gaps at 100 km/h speeds.

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    AM Publications

    George House, 75B George Street
    Croydon, Surrey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Acton, P
  • Publication Date: 1989-7-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00498444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM