A SYSTEM TO FACILITATE BUS RAPID TRANSIT ON URBAN FREEWAYS: THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF USING TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL TECHNIQUES

UNDER THIS BUS-FREEWAY SYSTEM, THE BUSES WOULD BE GIVEN PRIORITY ACCESS TO THE FREEWAY VIA EXCLUSIVE BUS RAMPS; AUTOMOBILES WOULD BE METERED INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE QUANTITIES NEEDED TO USE THE EXCESS CAPACITY WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE DESIRED LEVEL OF TRANSIT SERVICE. PRELIMINARY DESIGNS AND COST ESTIMATES WERE PREPARED FOR FOUR EXISTING FREEWAYS: THE JOHN C. LODGE FREEWAY IN DETROIT, THE GULF FREEWAY IN HOUSTON, INTERSTATE ROUTE 35W IN MINNEAPOLIS, AND THE PENN-LINCOLN PARKWAY (EAST) IN PITTSBURGH. THE PRELIMINARY DESIGNS PRESENT THE PLAN AND PROFILE OF THE EXISTING FREEWAY AND SHOW THE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS FOR THE BUS-FREEWAY SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE LOCATION AND TYPE OF EACH SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL ELEMENT, THE LOCATION AND DESIGN OF BUS RAMPS, AND THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF BUS TERMINALS. FREEWAY MODIFICATION COSTS INCLUDE BUS RAMP CONSTRUCTION, BUS TERMINAL AND RIGHT-OF-WAY CONSTRUCTION AND THE CAPITAL COSTS OF THE SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROLL SYSTEM. COST ESTIMATES FOR THE LAST ARE FOR 1967 PRICES AND ARE BASED ON THE COST OF EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATION ON THE JOHN C. LODGE AND GULF FREEWAY FACILITIES OPERATED BY THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD-14
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Publication Date: 1968-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00226489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 23 1981 12:00AM