EVALUATION OF A NATIONAL EXPERIMENT IN BUS RAPID TRANSIT

An extensive evaluation is being performed of a bus rapid transit system in Los Angeles that uses exclusive bus lanes in the median strip of a freeway. This national experiment is currently quite successful. Operational feasibility has been demonstrated, and the number of busway system riders has continuously grown over the first 18 months of operation even though the facility is only partially operational. The new riders are former automobile users, and their socioeconomic profiles are more similar to automobile commuters than to bus commuters. Assuming that car occupancy is only 1.3 persons/vehicle, the busway system has at least a tenfold greater capacity (per traffic lane) than the highway system. However, the busway lanes during peak periods currently carry only about half of the person trips that are carried by a freeway lane but are catching up fast. The principal causes for travelers switching from automobile to busway commuting, based on survey results, are to save travel time and to avoid the frustration of the stop-and-go characteristics of a congested freeway.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 22-29
  • Monograph Title: Regional bus transportation
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902451X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM