A study was made in Baltimore to assess the impact of an exclusive bus lane on traffic. The site of the route was a two-directional urban arterial with a two-lane width in each direction. Four test cars were used for the evaluation, and observers were stationed on the buses. The data collection process was divided into four phases and included both peak and off-peak periods. Data indicated that for both a A.M. and P.M. peak, on both the summer and winter schedules, the exclusive bus lane and more deterimental than beneficial to automobile travel. The difference between bus and automobile to bue usage cannot be expected as a result of exclusive bus lanes. The ultimate conclusion of the study is that the imposition of such lanes does not improve transit operations and will increase emissions and congestion. In order to verify the conclusions, statistical tests were made which correlated with the results.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Erdman, J W
    • Panuska Jr, E J
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-019 180
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1981 12:00AM