This report provides a review of on-going developments in bus guidance technology. It describes in detail the design, testing and implementation of guided bus systems in West Germany and Sweden, as well as developments that are beginging to take place in Australia and Great Britain. The report also summarizes North American interest in the concept to date. Two primary types of bus guidance technology are discussed--mechanical and electronic. Based on experience in Europe, the study concludes that both are technologically feasible, although electronic guidance has not yet proven itself as acceptable to drivers and passengers and faces substantial attitudinal and institutional barriers. Nevertheless, there are applications that suggest that the use of one or the other. Because of its advantages over light rail or bus operation, guided bus is likely to become an important mode in the future. The continuing developments in Europe and Australia, as well as in Seattle, will provide valuable data for evaluating the future applicability of the concept.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Multisystems, Incorporated

    1050 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ruprecht, L S
    • Englisher, L S
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382583
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-06-0247-84-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DTUM-60-81-C-71073
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM