To maintain an acceptable level of mobility in our cities many potential and actual car users must use public transport. Therefore it must be axiomatic that a main aim of the provision of bus priorities is to make public transport more attractive to car users. How well bus priorities achieve this objective is examined in this article. The behavioural or generalised cost of a journey is used to understand the choice of mode of travel. This cost relates the actual cost of travel with the time taken on the journey and then these in turn are related to the income of the traveller. The 'cost' of making a journey is then expressed in compatible units, which are [equivalent minutes[. If a typical commuter journey-to-work is examined using this method it is found that the 'cost' for bus travel always exceeds that for car travel. Priorities for buses in the form of exemptions at traffic signals will reduce this cost by, at best, fourteen per cent. This, however, is unlikely to influence car users to use public transport and other measures would be necessary. /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Lesley, LJS
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00129522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1981 12:00AM