Issues and technologies in Level Boarding Strategies for BRT

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Journal Article

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mode - bus rapid transit


A variety of advanced docking technologies are now becoming available. However, some cities are still choosing low-tech alternatives over effective and more expensive new technologies that are well-proven elsewhere in the world. As a preview of an upcoming WestStart-CALSTART white paper, this report roughly surveys various technologies and strategies to achieve level boarding, as well as the legal and operational rationales for employing them, the policies supporting or impeding these strategies, the technology choices various cities have made, and why some cities have decided to forgo an advanced technology solution in favor of one focused on management strategies. Where available, operational experience will be provided, as well as a comparison of implementation costs. Examples are drawn from both domestic and international applications. The upcoming WestStart-CALSTART white paper will discuss all of these concepts in the appropriate depth.


Permission to publish the abstract given by the Journal of Public Transportation.