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.

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1 comment:

Daniel said...

This is certainly going to become a factor with the long radial Smartbus routes proposed in Melbourne. I understand in some cases they will be only nominally one route, and timetabled as separate buses on separate sections, which could help reliability, though at the expense of the through passengers who are meant to benefit from these long routes.