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The present research study concludes that bus transit cannot be isolated from the general traffic conditions which prevail in the city centre. It is found that there are an excessive number of bus routes operating along all major corridors. Many of these bus routes can be combined or merged not only to reduce traffic burden but also to improve bus load factors. The driving cycle which results from repeated simulation runs demonstrates that driving conditions are worsened by the presence of too many closely spaced signalised intersections and inefficient mixing of traffic (cars queuing behind stopping buses, buses blocked in jammed road sections), conditions that heavily penalise the environment with high emission rates. The number of cars entering the central area is so critical to any future improvement attempts that it is strongly recommended that car traffic should be controlled by means of traffic and electronic engineering and not simply by administrative measures. Bus movements should be given priority. This study finds no evidence to support any relocation of existing bus terminals within the centre of the city although better management at this end of the journey is clearly needed.

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Authors: NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, National Technical University of Athens, Department of Transport Planning and Engineering, Laboratory of Railways and Transport (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11600 EN (1988) 162 pp.
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Record Number: 198910264 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en