Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
How to effectively double bus service frequency
Where bus routes serve two stations on the one railway line, there may be scope to provide 'every train' connections even though the bus is only half as frequent as the train. In Melbourne potential routes include Altona - Laverton, St Albans - Watergardens, Seaford - Frankston, Hoppers Crossing - Werribee etc. A local example is Route 425 between St Albans and Sydenham; this connects with every evening train from Flinders Street until 8:23pm.
That brings us to the end of The Connections Series. I hope that these examples demonstrate the contribution that careful scheduling can make in providing fast and frequent service on a well-connected network.
Comments are welcome and can be left below.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Very long routes are a connection hazard
The more stations a route serves, the more connections are necessary and the harder it is to optimise each one. 'Knock-on' delays can also be caused where buses are held back for late trains. The effects of this can be minimised, and connections improved if long routes are split and their connections optimised.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Optimised connections with harmonised headways
Once headways are harmonised and efficient route lengths have been designed, optimising off-peak connections become a matter of deciding which are the most important and adjusting times slightly. During peak times, factors such as delays due to traffic congestion and irregular train headways on some lines require may require additional consideration.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
NEXT WEEK: The Connections Series
A short series on train/bus co-ordination through creative timetabling.
Topics to include:
* What's required for reliable connections
* Optimum lengths for bus routes
* Where can one bus connect with two trains?, and
* Effectively doubling local bus frequencies (without more buses)
One thought each day for the next week or so.