EVALUATION OF ORGANISED BUS PLATOONING IN AN URBAN AREA - RESULTS OF AN EXPERIMENT IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

This paper discusses the results of an experiment involving organized platooning of buses to facilitate flow through a central business district during peak hours. The mechanisation used in the "real world" environment of Rochester, N.Y., is described. It was found that when the input of buses exceeded the output flow of buses the system could handle 100 bus/h using three-bus platoons. The speed of the buses (including entry waiting time and passenger boarding time) was 3.7 km/h (2.3 mile/h). Computer simulations demonstrate that four-bus platoons given traffic signal priority could facilitate flows of 126 bus/h. In surveying bus patrons the attitudes toward the system were positive in that 79 per cent perceived the advance information provided by the system as "helpful". (A) /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Bauer, H J
    • WHITE, R A
    • Tobin, R L
  • Publication Date: 1975-7-8

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  • Accession Number: 00132293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1981 12:00AM