A detailed study of the stop-times of buses in Copenhagen and The Hague is described; buses in Amsterdam and Rotterdam are considered more briefly. Boarding times per passenger of 1.85 seconds are recorded for both Copenhagen and The Hague; a similar figure is predicted for Amsterdam, but a time of between 2 and 2.5 seconds is estimated for Rotterdam. These performances, which are quicker then those of UK one-man buses, but not as quick as those of two-man buses, are dependent upon the use of flat fare structures, and upon a high level of prepayment. Such arrangements would have serious financial implications for operators in the UK; all four of the cities studied receive substantial operating subsidies. Due to relatively large dead times, the average stop-times of the buses are not particularly low: for a typical pattern of usage the peak-hour stop-times range from 10.6 to about 12 seconds, compared with the lowest UK one-man result of 10.5 seconds. The Copenhagen, The Hague, and Amsterdam systems, however, could achieve results of between 9 and 10 seconds on buses with low dead times. An extra single-stream exit at the rear of the buses in The Hague apparently has little overall effect on the stop-times of these vehicles. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory

    Environment Division, Old Wokingham Road
    Crowthorne RG11 6AU, Berkshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • WATTS, P F
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00096184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL SR 94 UC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1975 12:00AM