Limited Stop Bus Service: An Evaluation of an Implementation Strategy

Transit agencies implement limited-stop (express) bus services as a mean to provide an attractive and competitive transportation mode when compared to the automobile. In 2008, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the transit agency providing service on the Island of Montréal, Québec, Canada, was considering various measures to improve bus service. These measures included implementing a limited-stop service to run parallel to route 67 Saint-Michel, a heavily used bus route located east of the central business district (CBD). The selection process regarding which stops to include in the new service involved an evaluation of several scenarios and an estimation of run time savings. In this research paper, the authors use archived automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic passenger counter (APC) data to measure changes in on-time performance and run times, and to compare these changes to previous estimates through a before-and-after study. In addition, an on-site survey is conducted to measure the riders’ perception of time savings. Implementing a limited-stop service yielded to 4.6 minutes savings in run time for the new limited service; meanwhile, the existing regular service experienced an increase of 0.8 minute in average run time, an increase that could be due to a new smart card system introduced in the same period. The run time savings for the limited-stop service fall in the expected estimates made by the research team, which strengthens trust in the methodology used to select stops and to estimate savings. Finally, the study shows that riders are generally satisfied with the new service. They also tend to overestimate the savings associated with the implementation of the new limited-stop service by 4 to 7 minutes more than the actual savings.


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  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1059
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:28AM