Enhanced Bus Priority Using Signals - the INCOME Project 5



Enhanced Bus Priority Using Signals - the INCOME Project 5

Authors

RILEY K and ALEXANDER M, London Transport Buses, HOUNSELL N, University of Southampton, UK

Description

It is now widely acknowledged that the growth and usage of private cars in central London cannot be sustained and that measures are required to encourage greater use of rail, underground and bus. The flexibility of the bus makes it a key component in shor

Abstract

It is now widely acknowledged that the growth and usage of private cars in central London cannot be sustained and that measures are required to encourage greater use of rail, underground and bus. The flexibility of the bus makes it a key component in short and medium term thinking, and a range of substantial initiatives are taking place, including:

(i) The 500 mile London Bus Priority Network (LBPN) which is well into its implementation phase.

(ii) The implementation of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) for bus fleet management and as the basis for the COUNTDOWN system for real-time passenger information at bus stops. AVL is now being expanded fleet-wide and COUNTDOWN, which is the largest system of its type in Europe, will also be expanded London-wide.

(iii)Substantial developments of bus priority at traffic signals, which could have a significant impact on bus services given the 3600 traffic signals and 5000 buses in London.

This paper describes the work in progress on bus priority at traffic signals, within the context of the European Commission's DGW project INCOME (Integration of Traffic Control with Other Measures) which also involves the European cities of Brussels, Gothenburg, Piraeus and Turin.

Publisher

Association for European Transport