Wheels on the Bus Go Around and Around. Placing Bus Stops #CitiesSkylines

Effective bus placement

Busses are usually the main way people will move around an urban area whether it be short commuter busses, feeder busses feeding into the rail system or express busses doing point to point along busways. But what seems so straight forward is that simple right? NOPE!

So again we go to our resident Queensland Planner Sam Bur who offers some tips on how to get your busses working effectively:

Busses by Sam Bur

In watching it I did notice a couple of points I would disagree with:

  1. Overlapping bus routes do occur and can be managed effectively with stops placement and bus lanes. Overlapping routes will occur as you approach a bus station or large transport interchange. Given your highest density developments are often built around interchanges the overlapping bus routes give the ultra high frequencies needed to move the people around in that immediate proximity hence we get the term Transit Orientated Developments
  2. Keeping busses off main roads due to congestion? I would do the opposite and get bus lanes in place to allow bus priority down the main road to bust congestion. If the road is inside a high density commercial area then cars should be restricted in that area anyway
  3. Bus lanes and the Transport Manager are your friends in regulating traffic before one needs to upgrade to trams and metro rail
  4. Something I slack off in because of my reliance of shoulder bus lanes is dedicated bus lanes to get point to point express busses done. This is most likely because by then I have metro rail in place as that is already grade separated. 
  5. One thing I do agree on and even Biffa does as well is keep those interchanges off main roads. The typical way this is handled is the one-way U shape that connects back to the main road as seen in the picture below.
Bus lanes and a small bus station. 
Light Rail, general lanes and separated cycleways
Metro rail running underground. Train is at a station.
The U-Shape interchange design. It keeps the bus/light rail interchange away from the main road. To the left is a heavy rail station while to the right is a elevated Metro rail station (that also goes underground)

Bus design, simple? Nope!