Bus stop improvements
Bus stop locations can be reassessed to focus on providing well-spaced stops that are close to intersections and provide a high level of access to community facilities.
What is bus stop rationalisation?
This involves an overall reduction in the number of bus stops and / or the relocation of bus stops to sites where they are convenient for boarding and alighting passengers, whilst at the same time resulting in a reduction in the overall journey time between the origin and destination.
This may be particularly relevant in circumstances where:
- buses experience delay in rejoining the traffic stream
- there are too many bus stops along a route, increasing the proportion of stop time to travel time
- bus stops are inappropriately located, for example just before traffic signals
- investigation shows bus stops are hardly, if ever, used
It is important when considering the rationalisation of bus stops along a route that high passenger usage at a particular stop is accounted for, as well as the type of road. Bus stop locations can be rationalised so they provide well-spaced stops close to intersections and provide a high level of access to community facilities.
Christchurch City Council's bus stop location policy and guidelines were adopted in December 1999, and sets out a framework for locating bus stops around the City.
Advantages of bus stop rationalisation
- Reduces corridor time
- Provides more efficient bus stops
- Improves access to the bus stops