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.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Polytechnic Institute of New York

    333 Jay Street
    Brooklyn, NY  USA  11201

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Crowell, W H
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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