Bus Stop Balancing

When bus stops are too close together, the speed of a transit trip decreases. The Bus Stop Balancing project is part of VTA’s Fast Transit Program and aims to create speed improvements for faster, more reliable transit. The program will identify stops that are too close together and balance bus stops based on VTA’s Transit Service Guidelines.

Image showing reasons to keep stops (points of interest, intersecting bus routes, stops that serve high proportions of seniors or those with disabilities) and reasons to remove stops (low ridership, proximity to other stops, pedestrian safety issues)

 

Stop recommendations are based on several factors:

  • Spacing requirements (as specified by route type in Service Planning Guidelines)
  • Transfer points
  • Ridership levels
  • Proximity to points of interest and public services
  • Accessibility


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When bus stops are too close together, the speed of a transit trip decreases. The Bus Stop Balancing project is part of VTA’s Fast Transit Program and aims to create speed improvements for faster, more reliable transit. The program will identify stops that are too close together and balance bus stops based on VTA’s Transit Service Guidelines.

Image showing reasons to keep stops (points of interest, intersecting bus routes, stops that serve high proportions of seniors or those with disabilities) and reasons to remove stops (low ridership, proximity to other stops, pedestrian safety issues)

 

Stop recommendations are based on several factors:

  • Spacing requirements (as specified by route type in Service Planning Guidelines)
  • Transfer points
  • Ridership levels
  • Proximity to points of interest and public services
  • Accessibility


Reasons that a bus stop may be relocated/consolidated include:

  • Proximity to other bus stops on the route
  • Low ridership
  • Accessibility issues
  • Stop placement in heavy right turn lanes
     

Three bus routes were chosen as part of the pilot for the Bus Stop Balancing Project:

Routes selected for the pilot phase were chosen because these routes are some of the longest in VTA's transit network. Transit riders who travel longer distances can see higher potential benefits from consolidating stops. 

Timeline - Bus Stop Spacing Analysis (Oct-Nov 2020), Operator Feedback (Nov-Dec 2020), Public Engagement (Jan 2021), Implementation (Feb 2021), Speed Improvement Analysis (Mar 2021)

Timeline

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Existing Conditions Analysis
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Public Input
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Implementation
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