Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-22. Bus Rail Preferential Treatments in Mixed Traffic

Transit preferential treatments in mixed traffic environments have the potential to increase transit operating speeds and improve reliability and safety. Such treatments may include passenger stop consolidation; traffic signal coordination, phasing, and priority; and street design (bulbs/curb extensions, bypass lanes, signage, striping, etc). A number of U.S. and Canadian properties have experimented with transit preferential treatments with varying degrees of success. While real monetary and personnel savings are not always achievable, even the most basic of measures can yield performance improvements in terms of reliability. Along with the increasing number of systems is the increase in the number of methods for providing transit preferential treatments to maintain safe, reliable and efficient progression in an urban/suburban environment. This synthesis shall have two parts. A survey is needed to document 1--the various preferential treatments currently in operation and the characteristics of each and 2--selected case studies implemented by transit agencies and jurisdictions with authority over streets and signals.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20080626
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18151

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  • Accession Number: 01462570
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:06PM