Spacing of Bus Stops

Much guidance on bus stop location concentrates on the distance between stops. In fact, actual walking distance to bus stops (from the entrance to any particular premises) depends on a number of factors, namely:

  • How far apart the routes are;
  • The placing of stops on each route;
  • The geometry and degree of connectivity of the network of routes available for walking in the area concerned; and
  • The provision of road crossing facilities, where a stop is on the far side of a main road (typically, the bus route itself).

In addition, the perceived walking distance (and time) depends on other “soft” factors, such as the quality of the environment surrounding the walking route, as well as the climatic and weather conditions at the time.

Route Spacing

As mentioned above, for several reasons it is desirable to aim for a simple route structure with a minimum number of routes. … more ….

Bus Stop Spacing

A variety of guidance is given on bus stop spacing, and a variety of standards are followed in various parts of the world. … more ….

Geometry of walking network, and effect on distance to stops

Walking routes to and from bus stops are necessarily constrained by the routes available, … more ….

Effects on coverage of route and stop spacing

The diagrams below show bus stop catchments based on a 300m walking distance and a fine rectilinear grid of walking routes … more ….

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