The effectiveness was studied of two bus entrance modifications designed to facilitate boarding for the elderly and physically handicapped. One modification was a split front step for double deck buses. The other was to enable single deck buses to kneel. Data were gathered by observers in Sheffield buses. Passengers were not interviewed but categorized by appearance, use of special passes, etc. Elderly people were found to prefer the lower step when a split step was available. The straight step produced lower average boarding times. Conclusions were not drawn on the effect of kneeling buses on boarding times because the drivers rarely knelt them. This was taken to emphasize the importance of the "driver element" in the use of the modification. It was suggested that drivers think that kneeling the buses prevents them from maintaining their schedules.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB84-151943.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cranfield Institute of Technology, England

    Center for Transport Studies
    Cranfield, Bedfordshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Oxley, P R
  • Publication Date: 1983-4

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  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CRANFIELD-CTS-20
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM