Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-35. Better On-Street Bus Stops

Bus stops are critically important elements for bus services. The American Public Transit Association (APTA) is currently working on an "access to transit report". The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 19 - Guidelines for the Location and Design of Bus Stops and TCRP's Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual provide useful information on this subject, but these are generally written from a traffic engineers' perspective and some are dated. While the standard dimensions for bus stops have remained unchanged for decades, the guidelines do not recognize that most buses today have front mounted bike racks that increase length and maneuvering space needs. They also don't reflect 45 foot coaches and articulated buses. Also, they don't always reflect current street design and operating practices. A synthesis is needed to report on current practice for the design and location of transit bus stops. The study should reflect salient literature, dealing with location, size, and design of bus stops. This synthesis would look at such as curb-side and in street bus stop issues of bulb-outs; curb stops, pull outs and median bus stops, etc. from the perspective of transit operators. This synthesis will document, but not be limited to the following: (1) Current dimensional needs for bus stops, including maneuvering distances; (2) Facilitating safe pedestrian and bicycle access; (3) ADA considerations; (4) Transit and local agency interface/cooperation; (5) Passenger information needs at bus stops/way-finding, real-time, etc.; (6) Funding options; (7) Relevant experiences outside the US; and (8) Passenger amenities-shelters, street furniture, lighting, etc.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • 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 (TCRP) Synthesis

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

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dan Boyle & Associates, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Boyle, Daniel

  • Start Date: 20141212
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38307

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547698
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2014 1:01AM