Bus Priority at Traffic Signals-Evaluating Strategy Options

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 6, Issue 3 (2003) by Fraser McLeod and Nick Hounsell 


This article compares different strategy options for providing bus priority at traffic signals. The different strategies considered vary in the strength of the priority awarded and in the selection of the buses that are to receive priority. The strategies include so-called differential priority, where buses receive individual priority treatment according to some criterion such as lateness, and nondifferential priority, where all buses are treated in the same way. The strategies are compared using a simulation model, SPLIT, that has been developed and validated by the authors. The article describes some of the modeling issues that are involved in simulating bus priority systems and how they have been treated within the SPLIT model. View the full article or the entire Journal issue.