Identify, evaluate and recommend bus priority interventions

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Journal Article

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infrastructure - bus/tram priority, mode - bus, place - australasia


bus priority analysis tool (BAT), decision assisting tool, computerised application, user manual, New Zealand


The purpose of the research topic was to develop a practical decision-assisting tool for identifying appropriate bus priority interventions for any given situation based upon route and intersection characteristics. In developing our proposed methodology the research team was keen to ensure the final product would be an active ‘live’ decision assisting tool available at one’s desktop and not simply a forgettable piece of research landing on a shelf with limited life and audience. With this approach applied throughout the study, the final tool was developed in a manner that is both relevant to today’s situations and takes future scenarios into consideration. The principal objective of this research therefore was to develop an easily disseminated computerised application for practitioners to identify appropriate bus priority treatments. The resulting bus priority assessment tool (BAT) is unique in that it is not an off-the-shelf modelling product but has been specifically designed and developed for this research work using Microsoft Excel 2007 and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). This research report describes the development of BAT, and includes a copy of the BAT user manual as appendix D.


Permision to publish the abstract has been given by NZ Transport Agency, copyright remains with them.