Annex 6 Limitation of Conventional Bus Priority Lanes: Case Studies

Guangzhou

The proposed BRT/BOL system for Guangzhou will be the first hybrid system with “direct” services but “closed” station design. Most buses will operate both on and off the BRT corridor and passenger demand is expected to be very high. On trunk corridors, boarding will be by at-level, pre-paid platforms. Off the trunk sections the units will use an on board payment system.

The stations have been admittedly over-designed to accommodate a high volume of buses with passing lanes, and will need extra passenger space as passengers will have to wait longer for their respective units and thus there will be a greater number of waiting passengers (as explained below). The system can operate with existing buses, possibly damaging the marketing image and compromising station capacity.

This system is expected to carry 25,000 pax/h/d on 23 routes, using a 4-lane busway with two long, wide, (around 6m) ‘side’ platforms. This is an extremely ambitious target and international experience indicates that the number of routes may be excessive. However, the local bus companies are in the process (2008) of being re-organized so as to facilitate a possible rationalization of the route structure.

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