Public transport priority at traffic signals: New developments in Europe

Hounsell, N.B. (1995) Public transport priority at traffic signals: New developments in Europe. In, Proceedings of the International Conference on Application of New Technology to Transport Systems, May 1995, Melbourne, Australia. International Conference on application of New Technology to Transport Systems Melbourne, AU, ITS Australia, 145-149.


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Urban transport authorities throughout the world are increasingly looking to combat congestion by a combination of demand management and improvements in public transport systems. To encourage greater use of public transport, it is essential that frequent, reliable and 'undelayed' journeys can be provided and this has led to a range of public transport priority measures being introduced in many cities. With the emergence of new technologies, particularly advanced transport telematics (ATT), opportunities now exist to supplement the more traditional priority measures, such as bus lanes, with new priority techniques for traffic control systems. This paper describes the development, evaluation and implementation of such systems in Europe, with particular reference to the PROMPT project (Priority and Informatics in Public Transport) undertaken under the European Commission's DRIVE II ATT programme. The paper describes the philosophy, strategies and performance of the advanced priority systems in PROMPT, based on results from simulations and field trials. Key findings relevant to wider applications are also presented, including alternative technologies, such as GPS. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract 868345.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0869106635 (hardback)
9780869106631 (hardback)
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Keywords: bus priority, conferences, detectors, intelligent transportation systems, length, mathematical models, networks, public transit, queuing, road networks, roads, traffic delay, traffic signal cycle, traffic signal preemption, traffic signals, vehicles
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 75290
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:08

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