Bus stop spacing

Bahnhof Melk Bushaltestellen.JPGIn the article “Everything you always wanted to know about bus stops” , Bill Lindeke writes about the “fine art of bus stop spacing”.  It seems that by increasing the distance between consecutive bus stops, the service times get faster. I didn’t know that in Europe bus stations are spaced farther than in the US.  Mr. Lindeke argues that by following the European rules, an US public transit company could reduce travel time by up to 5-10 percents. The many comments below  Jarrett’s article are a big mine of information, especially about the rationale behind spacing bus stations.

In a different article, “Basics: The Spacing of Stops and Stations“, Jarrett Walker talks about the rationale behind stop and station planning. The rule of thumb is the walk radius (see my other article). The threshold radius  for local transit is about 400m and this is the walking distance people seem to tolerate. Beyond that limit, people will be  to in favor of riding  a vehicle. Another figure Mr. Walker gives is 1000m for fast transit systems.  Again, people tolerate walking up to one kilometer, but no more than that. One interesting think that caught my attention  is the spacing of stops on two parallel lines. Should the stops be aligned on a grid, or should they be inter weaved ?

I note that both articles refer to another one by Alex Cecchini, titled “The case for quarter mile bus spacing“. Not unsurprisingly, a quarter mile is just about 400m.

I will add the idea  of thin spreading  bus stations to my list of topics I  will explore in the future.


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