Efficiency in Bus Stop Location and Design

Report No: 80-R31

Published in 1980

About the report:

The research reported here identified those elements associated with the location and design of bus stops that affect the efficiency of transit and traffic operations, and developed guidelines to assist transportation engineers and planners in technical and policy decisions concerning bus stops in urban areas. Two nationwide questionnaire surveys, one for city transportation officials and the other for bus transit operators, were conducted to establish a systematic definition of the operational dimensions of a bus stop which could be shown to influence the performance of the traffic and bus transportation systems. Criteria for evaluating the performance of bus stops were then derived and applied in practical situations in Arlington County, Virginia. It was found that the criteria used to determine the location and design of bus stops should be in the form of guidelines, not numerical warrants. In locating stops each should be treated individually. Finally it was found that right-turn-on-red and on street parking conflict with bus stop operations.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Brian Bin-Mau Lin, Michael J. Demetsky, Ph.D.

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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