This paper presents a summary of steps undertaken in the upgrading of street transit systems in Melbourne. Melbourne has relatively large urban rail, street tramway and bus systems. These systems have not been substantially changed for many years. The rapid growth of motor car usage in the post-war period has resulted in diminishing transit usage. Of the areas where substantial upgrading of the street transit system is possible, particular attention is paid to the improvements in passenger comfort and reduced travel times. The scope for improving transit travel times and reducing vehicle "bunching" by separating transit vehicles from motor traffic is discussed. An experiment conducted using mountable kerbing to physically separate tram and motor traffic is described. Experience to date with traffic signal priority systems is also described.

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  • Pagination: p. 539-551

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  • Accession Number: 00184942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM