Bus Stations are Going Dynamic

This article looks at a global trend towards more efficiency in less space. As buses gain increased profile in the public transport mix needed for modal shift, the article discusses how attention is turning towards improving terminal layouts for more efficient handling of services and passengers. These bus locations also tend to be in central areas of cities, where sites are restricted and land values are high. The dynamic bus station, which uses modern vehicle identification systems to optimize space use and streamline service operations by allocating buses to bays in response to traffic flows and demand. This contrasts with conventional layouts where all buses have pre-designated bays. If a bus is delayed, making it likely that it will arrive at the same time as another heading for the same space, a basic dynamic system can automatically re-allocate one vehicle to a different, nearby, bay. A more advanced, fully-dynamic version can allocate an arriving bus to the next available bay anywhere in the station. In both cases, accurate and highly-visible and real-time information is critical for directing passengers with minimal delays.


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  • Accession Number: 01482858
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2013 4:04PM