This paper describes the network design technique called the "timed transfer focal point" approach. This design method is employed to provide region-wide travel in low density suburban areas which have insufficient demand levels to support an untimed grid of routes. Some recent research into factors influencing consumers' decisions to use a transit service have identified the ability to make trips to a wide variety of destinations within the metropolitan area as a prime consideration. Transit planners can implement three kinds of service feature that cater to this desire: (a) a "crosstown" route; (b) the use of a grid layout of transit routes rather than a radial network; and (c) more recently the "timed transfer focal point" approach, which has been used in three Canadian cities with success. There are two essential elements in a "timed transfer focal point" network: (a) the layout of transit lines such that they focus on community centres or some other geographically significant point; and (b) the arrangement of timed intervals on a route such that buses, streetcars, or other transport arriving at any given focal point do so at the same time, facilitating transfer movements. A transit system laid out in this fashion enables the person to travel in a reasonably direct manner from and to any place in the metropolitan area. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Transit Services

    Department of Municipal Affairs
    Vancouver, BC  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Sullivan, B E
  • Publication Date: 1976-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174165
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1981 12:00AM