PREFERENTIAL BUS LANES ON URBAN ARTERIALS, SELECTED STUDIES ON THEIR FEASIBILITY AND PERFORMANCE
The study seeks to identify possible impacts of priority techniques for buses on the different interest groups that may be affected. The discussion herein deals not only with those auto and transit travelers who directly use the road, but also with such groups as adjacent commercial interests and other land uses which may be affected by high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOVL). The use of preferential bus lanes within urbanized areas has expanded tremendously over the past ten years under the combined focus of environmental concern, energy conservation, TSM requirements, and related transportation factors. To assist in the evaluation of such schemes and associated transit decisions, three separate studies, each of which deals with either some general aspect of HOVL operations or with the potential implementation of a preferential lane in a specific location, was performed: (1) a survey of North American cities to determine methods used to assess the need for and the effectiveness and impacts of preferential bus lanes; (2) an analysis of a with-flow curb bus lane on Forty-second Street in Midtown Manhattan; and (3) a study of the causes of traffic delays for express buses in Midtown Manhattan, and the effectiveness of various methods (including existing and proposed bus lanes) in alleviating these problems. The city survey highlights the lack of analyses performed especially in economic impact areas. The Manhattan Studies show how some delays are unavoidable, but the combination of revised parking policies, bus lane identification systems and related actions could improve the situation considerably.
Polytechnic Institute of New York333 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States 11201
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Crowell, W H
- Publication Date: 1978-12
- Pagination: 80 p.
- TRT Terms: Bus priority; Buses; Central business districts; Economic impacts; Feasibility analysis; High occupancy vehicles; Highway traffic control; Land use; Performance; Traffic delays; Traffic engineering; Traffic surveys; Transportation operations; Urban areas; Urban highways; Urban transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Transportation management
- Geographic Terms: New York (State)
- Old TRIS Terms: Central city; Land use effects
- Subject Areas: Economics; Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00197341
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-11-0014-79-2Final Rpt.
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jul 31 1981 12:00AM