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Buses will remain the backbone of public transport systems for some time to come because of their lower cost and higher flexibility in relation to rail transport. However, buses are perceived as being an inferior mode of public transport and do not offer as much carrying capacity as rail transport. Following the Curitiba model, this paper looks at the potential for transferring some of the key advantages of rail transport to bus operations. This involves transforming bus stops into enclosed stations, with ticket purchase and/or checking in the station and at-grade access to vehicles. It also involves the extensive use of bus lanes. The potential contribution of transport telematics is looked at, in particular the use of smartcards for payment in a closed fare system. The potential role of the Curitiba model for China is assessed in the context of toll road construction.
Author(s): Bell MGH
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Advanced Transportation
Print publication date: 01/09/2001
ISSN (print): 0197-6729
ISSN (electronic): 2042-3195
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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