Incresing Transit Capacity By Reducing Transit Stops – A New Stragety For Broadway

The following table from Bus or Light Rail – Making The Right Choice, shows that in Germany, the distance between bus stops is far greater than that of the City of Vancouver. On Broadway, from Granville Street to Alma, on average there is a bus stop every 260 metres, making bus stops very much closer in Vancouver than comparable European transit systems.

Many European transit systems also offer exclusive rights-of-way’s for buses, especially through choke points.

By reducing the number of bus stops along Broadway by over a third, thus making the the average distance between bus stops every 400 metres to 450 metres and having exclusive rights of ways or bus lanes at strategic points along the transit route, TransLink could speed up trolleybus commercial speeds on Broadway and by doing so, increase capacity on the trolleybus routes with the same number of buses presently used, with very little new investment needed. With proper planning, TransLink make the 99B Line buses only stop at Fraser, Kingsway, Granville, and Alma, with the new faster trolleybus service able to provide fast journeys to UBC West of Granville Street.

How so?

Fewer bus stops means faster commercial speeds and faster commercial speeds means that the us can complete its journey faster thus able to run more trips on a transit route per day. With strategically placed bus lanes, avoiding choke points, would ensure punctual service.

With the trolleybuses having faster commercial speeds, a lot of pressure would be taken off the 99B-line limited stop express buses, by offering a faster service, while at the same time capacity along Broadway would be increased because of the faster ‘turn around’ time of the buses.

This begs the question:

“Has TransLink purposely kept trolleybus service on Broadway as well as other trolleybus services slow, to ‘show-case’ the B-Line express buses and to keep the illusion of overcrowding to make customers think that the only recourse is a multi-billion dollar subway?”


3 Responses to “Incresing Transit Capacity By Reducing Transit Stops – A New Stragety For Broadway”
  1. Haveacow says:

    This is quite a common way of increasing capacity but it runs into real life very quickly. It seems to be a mostly North American problem but it is cropping up in some European systems as well. It is very easy for a politician, rookies as well as the seasoned ones, to add a transit stop for their constituents. It is nearly impossible as a planner to get rid of them! You can have a stretch of road that to anyone’s measure has too many stops, say one every 100 metres or even less sometimes. Everyone will say the same thing,” take out as many of the stops as you can!” No one argues against it until the first one comes out. It turns out that, every building along this part of the bus route that, everyone agrees has too many stops, also has a really high rate of disabled and seniors living there.

    At the public meeting you now have to have because you tried to take out one bus stop. The disabled say they can’t or should not have to travel more than 25 feet beyond their front door (yes, feet not metres) to get to a transit stop and that is their rights as a human being and they will take everyone involved to the Human Rights Tribunal before they give up.

    Seniors argue that, because many of them and their neighbors are old and feeble that they can not travel beyond 30 feet, outside their front doors, especially during winter here in Ottawa (again, feet not metres). When given the facts that this stretch of street is slowing down every route that travels along it by 5-7 minutes, not including traffic light stop time, the response is usually, “I am retired I don’t care how long it takes, I got the time, how about you folks?” (most of the crowd are seniors, so there is a big cheer). The continued response to my statement is as follows, ” I don’t care if it takes longer for everyone else to get where they are going! I don’t care if you cripples and freaks complain it takes too long to get to work, I am a vet and a senior and I deserve god dammed free door to door service, you bloody owe me!” (the crowd of mostly seniors cheers again).

    That is when the TV cameras and Newspaper Reporters come and ask questions like why, we are trying to take away the bus service of all these seniors and the disabled? It doesn’t matter what you answer with, they want blood, tears, line columns and ratings. My answer to the press was, “because the thousands of passengers (34000 actually), whom ride this bus every day have all said that this route is far too slow, there are far too many bus stops and some need to be removed. We agreed with them. We are trying to be fair and move stops so that, everyone in this stretch of road (which has 9 apartment towers and no stores), has to travel a fair and equal distances to there specific stop as well as reduce the number stops so that, OC Transpo does not have to add more buses to the route resulting in increased costs for everyone and still have service that is too slow.”

    What went out to the public was that OC Transpo and planners working for the city threaten seniors and the disabled with no bus service unless they are willing to give up there bus stop located in front of their building. A bus stop every 400 metres is nice in theory but in practice, is a difficult thing to achieve.

    Zwei replies: It maybe heartless, but I do think if a senior can’t walk an extra 75 or 100 metres to a stop, I do not think that he/she should be taking public transit.

  2. Rico says:

    Agree with stop spacing consolidation and Haveacows realistic view of the problems with implementing it.


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