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ABRT: Reducing
Congestion, Costs
while Improving
Safety, Efficiency
Automated Bus Rapid Transit represents an innovation that
promises to reduce operating costs while delivering benefits,
but support is needed from transit agencies and policymakers.
By Alberto Lacaze, contributor
M
UNICIPAL TRANSIT AUthorities
are struggling
with a variety of issues,
including aging infrastructure
and declining
ridership. Transit authorities
are at a transformative
point. The question
is whether they use the same
existing service model or embrace
technology to help solve many of
their problems. I believe transit
authorities should embrace this
transformational tipping point
to embrace technology as it will
make them more efficient, easier
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to operate and improve the quality
of service, all while cutting operating
costs.
Automated Bus Rapid Transit
(ABRT) is a technology solution
that promises to reduce operating
costs while delivering benefits such
as reducing headway, improving
on-time service, providing better
passenger safety and offering easier
access for handicapped passengers.
Advanced Driver Assistance
Systems (ADAS) is being added in
new bus models or retrofitted to
existing bus fleets to provide automated
features such as collision
IN JUNE 2020, the Connecticut
Department of Transportation
announced plans to test
North America's first full size
automated transit bus project.
avoidance, lane assist, precision
docking and other features to assist
bus drivers.
ARBT also requires action
from policymakers. Policymakers
need to dedicate funding,
which has and remains an issue
for all transit authorities, but they
must also take action by creating
dedicated bus lanes and synchronized
traffic controls. Once established,
bus platooning technology
makes it easier to scale service to
accommodate more passengers
when needed. Platooning also
can improve safety by spreading
passengers among multiple buses
to maintain social distancing to
prevent COVID-19 exposure.
ABRT promises to improve bus
transit in various ways, but there
are three primary areas where automation
can have a real impact
on transit service: increasing efficiency,
optimizing costs and improving
safety.
How ABRT Increases
Transit Efficiency
Recent research from the Eno
Center for Transportation titled,
" A Budding Model: Los Angeles's
Flower Street Bus Lane, " shows the
benefit of installing bus lanes. Eno
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