Enhancing Bus Operations on Arterial Roads Some Lessons from an Australian Case 33



Enhancing Bus Operations on Arterial Roads Some Lessons from an Australian Case 33

Authors

JEPSON D, Queensland Department of Main Roads and FERREIRA L, Queensland University of Technology, Australia study

Description

Summary: Bus priority treatments have been utilised for over 25 years throughout the world though with recent advancements in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), there is a renewed focus on such measures. Bus priority treatments such as busways, bus lane

Abstract

Summary: Bus priority treatments have been utilised for over 25 years throughout the world though with recent advancements in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), there is a renewed focus on such measures. Bus priority treatments such as busways, bus lanes and bus priority at traffic signals are all utilised in Australian metropolitan areas. These treatments are designed to reduce the travel time for buses and make this transportation mode more efficient and attractive. The more common applications of such treatments for Australian conditions are assessed in this paper. The current trends in bus priority treatments are addressed by considering a case study for the Gold Coast Highway located on QueenslandÕs Gold Coast. This paper provides an evaluation of bus priority treatments and conditions for justification for such measures. The paper summarises the impact of introducing bus lanes, transit lanes, bus priority at traffic signals and improved ticketing systems for the Gold Coast Highway. The analysis indicates that journey time savings for buses of up to 20 percent may be achieved with these bus priority treatments.

Publisher

Association for European Transport