THE EVALUATION OF ACTIVE BUS-PRIORITY SIGNAL ROUTES

In an attempt to provide priority facilities for high occupancy vehicles, many cities have investigated or installed active bus priority signals at selected intersections. This paper describes one such installation at the interaction of Bell Street and Oriel Road in Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia. In particular, it describes the impact of the signals on bus performance levels and on non-priority traffic performance levels. An evaluation is performed taking account of the costs of the installation, the changes in the amount of fuel consumed and the changes in the perceived budgeted delay of people passing through the intersection. Perceived, budgeted delay is defined as to take account of the variability of delay and the perception of small delay changes. The evaluation at this site showed that, for various reasons, it was difficult to justify the priority signals at this isolated intersection. The evaluation is then extended to the concept of a route of bus priority signal intersections. A simple model is built to simulate the performance of such a priority route and the evaluation repeated. As a result of using perceived delay as a measure of performance, it is then shown that although the priority intersections along the route may not be individually justifiable, the priority route as a whole may show considerable net benefits. These benefits will occur given that there are greater than a critical number of priority intersections on the route. This critical number will depend on the assumptions made in the priority route model. It is concluded that re-evaluation of bus priority signal intersections along the lines suggested in the paper may yield a number of viable bus priority intersections and bus priority routes which were previously considered to be non-viable.(a) (TRRL)

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    Elsevier Science

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  • Authors:
    • Richardson, A J
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 173-189
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  • Accession Number: 00324665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1982 12:00AM