EVALUATION OF BUS-PRIORITY STRATEGIES ON NORTHWEST SEVENTH AVENUE IN MIAMI-ABRIDGMENT

A 3 1/2-year demonstration project was established in Miami in 1973 to develop more efficient people-moving capabilities along a 10 mile corridor. The basic transit concept was to provide fast, peak-period service by express buses. Various combinations of the following three bus priority treatments were evaluated: A reversible express bus lane. A traffic signal preemption system that allowed express-bus drivers to preempt traffic signals to give themselves the green signal. And, a coordinated signal system designed to favor the movement of express buses in the peak-period direction. Effect of bus priority treatments on bus operations, on traffic signal performance, on traffic stream, and on evaluation of the transit service is included. The study concluded, that the project was successful in demonstrating that express buses can be given priority treatment on urban arterial streets and cause little or no adverse effect on the general traffic stream. A park-and-ride express-bus combination that provides a high level of service can attract automobile riders, although such service is expensive for the public to support. The park-and-ride facility was found to be an essential element of the transit service, and a majority of the bus passengers would have been last to the automobile if the facility had not been provided. Lastley, the bus preemption system did not appear to have an adverse effect on traffic signal operations.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 32-35
  • Monograph Title: Bus service planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167595
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026512
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM