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Automated Bus Rapid Transit
making it possible to move more
buses while reducing headway.
The Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey is experimenting
with platooning to increase rushhour
capacity on the approach to
Lincoln Tunnel.
Greater Cost
Efficiencies with ABRT
Adopting ABRT offers transit
authorities many cost-saving
benefits, as well, especially when
compared to alternative strategies
such as light rail. Automated buses
don't need a dedicated rail system
or a dedicated right of way.
Buses can use the existing roadways,
or they can use dedicated
lanes to create temporary transit
systems at peak times and then
revert to handle normal traffic the
rest of the time.
Automated buses can help
reduce the amount of training
required to perform difficult
maneuvers, like precision docking,
which is particularly useful
for articulated buses where it is
difficult to align the rear doors
to the platform stop. Automated
precision docking also reduces
damage to vehicles and transit
stops, which not only reduces
repair costs but also cuts insurance
costs.
Using automated controls
to guide the bus for precision
docking ensures that passengers
with mobility devices or disabilities
can board every time.
Precision docking aligns the bus
for level boarding for all riders
and that the gap is no more than
three inches in compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities
Act. When you consider that the
Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) estimates that the average
BRT trip cost is $3.43 while
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
the average cost for accessible
service (i.e., demand-responsive
paratransit) is $39.51 per trip,
being
able
to
accommodate
more passengers with disabilities
using conventional buses
can generate substantial financial
returns.
USING AUTOMATED
controls to guide
the bus for
precision docking
ensures that
passengers with
mobility devices
or disabilities can
board every time.
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