RUFBUS, RETAX AND BUSTAXI: THREE EUROPEAN SYSTEMS OF DEMAND-ACTUATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The article describes three European systems, Rufbus, Retax and Bustaxi, of demand-actuated public transport. The rufbus system developed by dormer is intended for rural areas and offers transport between bus-stops in the area of Friedrichshafen. There is no schedule or fixed route and the destination is always reached without passenger transfer. A trip request can be made either by telephone or by a trip selector at the bus stop. The vehicles used are 20-seater Mercedes 0303D buses in which route information is displayed on a terminal in front of the driver. The retax system developed by mbb is designed for urban areas and also offers transport between bus stops, the route being determined by trip requests from microprocessor-controlled trip selector units. Although initial trials were carried out using the Steyr Citybus, the network now uses a volkswagen bus with a capacity of 20 passengers. This system features a display showing the next stop as well as the number of passengers to be picked up. The Retax system is controlled by a PDP 11/70 computer. The demand-actuated bustaxi system developed at delft university of technology, uses selectors connected to the control centre by leased telephone lines. Bus drivers are informed of the route to be followed by digital mobilophone transmission. The system is designed to handle trip requests in urban areas of up to 1500 requests/h. The most important difference between the Bustaxi and the two West German system is the algorithm used to allot passengers to the vehicles. The differences in the algorithms and operating systems are discussed. /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Breur, MWKA
    • Verdonck, W
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

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  • Accession Number: 00183460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM