The development of one-man-operation of buses, and the present "state of the art", are briefly reviewed in non-technical terms. One-man-operation is now well established in the UK, and is providing useful benefits to operators, though slow systems may not provide a net benefit for the community as a whole, due to longer journey times. For a typical pattern of passenger demand, present UK one-man buses have average stop-times ranging from 10 to 20 seconds, compared with times of as low as 7 seconds for two-man buses. There is some room for further development, but, in the foreseeable future, the average stop-times of UK one-man buses are unlikely to fall far below the present best results of about 10 seconds. The key to successful one-man-operation lies in minimising stop-time delays: in certain very busy situations two-man-operation may remain the optimum arrangement, but, in most circumstances, it is possible that the use of faster arrangements should enable one-man-operation to be beneficial to both the operator and the community as a whole. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • WATTS, P F
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 114 UC Suppl Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM