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Good Practices - Public Transport Priority Systems

Traveller Information / Mobilitami - Italy

  1. Topic of the practice -  Mobilitami is the Sustainable Transport Community - a virtual place for exchange information between demand and supply where innovative ways of travelling, environmentally friendly, meet – or contribute to satisfy - all kind of users requirements, reducing traffic jams and travelling time. A technological and innovative platform able to match sustainable mobility demand and supply within the regional territory.
  2. Location of the practice - Marche / Ancona and Senigallia/ Italy
  3. Start date of the practice -  April 2011
  4. Description of the practice Mobilitami realizes the first Marketplace of the Sustainable Mobility where different subjects can meet: tour operator and accommodation facilities, transport operators, local bodies/ events organizer, residents, tourists and commuters. To keep each subject connected to the community, several monitors have been installed across the region where some information is displayed (events, advertising, timetable of the public transport, delays of the buses, some important notices). There is a real time connection with the centre and a continuously updating of the news. Each localized monitor is detected so that it is also possible to contextualize the publishing data. Another important element to consider is the high richness beside this web portal: the data georeferencing is the main important phase to assure the reliability of information. Not only, all data are certified to give an high level of service to the end users. Mobilitami has two different accesses, one for the users and the other for all partners involved in this project (public authority, transport operator, seller, etc.).
  5. Evidence of success - Mobilitami is a transverse project, it handles several aspects of the public transport satisfying different kind of needs and, above all, combining different interests of the involved actors: end user, public administration, operators, retailers.
  6. Contact details to obtain further information - Project Manager:  Giannini Monica, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Real Time Passenger Information System, Bus Priority at Signals, Disability Accessibility - United Kingdom

  1. Topic of the practice - Cambridge Busway is the implementation of a 16mile / 25km guided bus way from St Ives to the centre of Cambridge. The scheme has been constructed on the alignment of a disused railway to provide a guided bus service. The scheme uses guided buses along the length of the scheme. There are a range of technologies to assist in the scheme and to make the scheme as attractive and efficient as possible. These include the following technologies; on bus CCTV, smart ticketing, real time passenger system information, traffic signal priority and passenger WIFI. 
  2. Location of the practice - Cambridgeshire County Council/ UK
  3. Start date of the practice - 2005
  4. Description of the practice Cambridge is a university city with a population of 172,000. The city is known as the cycling city and it continuously tops the surveys of the highest proportion of cyclist’s trips to work in the UK with 25% of all commuters using their bikes. These high figures are assisted by an extensive network of on and off highway cycle facilities and extensive cycle parking. Cambridge as with most urban centers suffers from congestion along the main corridors into the city. The city center has Urban Traffic Management Control. To minimize the congestion within the city center Cambridge have implemented a radical access restriction with associated information provision which has cut city center congestion and improved the reliability of the bus services in the area. In 2005 all buses operating in Cambridge and surrounding authorities area where fitted with GPS tags and there is a city wide RTPI system installed at a number of shelters. The information is also available via a free Android or iPhone app and through Cambridgeshire County Councils website. Approximately 20km to the north west of the city is the town of St Ives. The town has a population of 16,000 with a high proportion commuting to Cambridge. St Ives and Cambridge used to be connected via a rail link which was shut to passenger transport in 1970 and freight service in 1990. The only link between the two is via the congested A14.  The Busway scheme went operational in 2011. The 25km route has 20km of guided bus way. There are 30 specially adapted buses running along the route that have been purchased by the bus companies. The scheme introduced 2 park and ride sites and has 9 stops along the route with associated passenger terminals.
  5. Evidence of success - The Busway is contributing to reducing the number of private vehicle trips in the area, as 24% of the passengers who made the same journey before the Busway opened had switched from car (as driver) and 13% had changed to the Busway from being given a lift.
  6. Contact details to obtain further information - Campbell Ross-Bain, Cambridgeshire County Council Bus Officer

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Bus Lane Enforcement - United Kingdom

  1. Topic of the practice - A strong policy of investing in public transport and public transport priority over recent years has resulted in Reading having more bus lanes per kilometre of road than anywhere else in the UK. Whilst enforcement of the bus lanes was under the jurisdiction of the police they were periodically enforced, but it was not possible to prevent contravention of the bus lanes and bus gates when the police were not present. This use of the bus lanes by traffic reduced the benefit of the investment in the bus lanes to public transport.
  2. Location of the practice - Reading Borough Council/ UK
  3. Start date of the practice - 2006
  4. Description of the practice Bus lane enforcement uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to enforce the use of bus lanes and bus only gates in Reading and discourage contraventions by general traffic. Bus lanes can be used by buses, taxis, emergency vehicles and cyclists but not private hire vehicles. There are 23 enforcement sites in total of which half are automated using ANPR and half are attended enforcement using CCTV. In addition Reading has a camera car, introduced in 2012, which is used to identify parking offences such as parking in bus lanes. Reading is able to use their civil enforcement powers to issue penalty charges to the owners, or the confirmed driver, for bus lane and bus gate contraventions of the Traffic Regulation Order. The revenue raised from the payment of the fines is currently around L3.5m per annum which is used to support the free provision of ‘dial a ride’ bus services within Reading.
  5. Evidence of success - The main success of the project was the DfT support for making bus lane enforcement a civil offence and the DfT support for the coordination of the Highway Authorities in setting up the technical and procedural requirements for implementation.
  6. Contact details to obtain further information - Simon Beasley, Network Manager, Reading Borough Council

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Real Time Passenger Information System, Bus Priority at Signals, Public Transport mobile apps, City Access Control. Smart Card - United Kingdom

  1. Topic of the practice - The City and County of Swansea has introduced an urban transit bus scheme in partnership with First Group. Swansea has implemented a range of infrastructure measures that have been supported by information and bus priority measures to maximise the benefits of the scheme. As part of the scheme visually impaired users can trigger sign information via the use of fobs and this system has been extended to the new bus station and aids navigation around the building.
  2. Location of the practice - City and County of Swansea/ UK
  3. Start date of the practice - from 2007 to 2009
  4. Description of the practice – the City and County of Swansea is a unitary civil authority in south west Wales. The city urban population is 170,000 residents with the wider authority administrative area covering a total population of around 300,000. Swansea is the second city of Wales and is also the gateway to the more rural counties of  Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. It has good transport links to the Welsh capital, Cardiff. The city highway network has a number of arterial routes which are generally congested during the peak periods. Swansea was severely damaged during the second world war and its layout reflects the substantial rebuild in the 1950’s. In recent years the city center has been going through a L1 billon redevelopment. The delivery of the scheme is a public / private partnership where the infrastructure has been delivered by the Highway Authority and the bus service has been delivered commercially by First Group. Following a 3 year implementation phase the Metro scheme has now been operational since 2009. The route covers a distance of approximately 8.3 miles connecting The University and SingletonHospital to the south and Morriston to the north and travels through  Swansea city centre. Significant alterations to the highway network were made to provide high quality bus priority together with the construction of 2 sections of dedicated bus only route which bypass particularly congested sections of highway in Hafod and Dyfatty.
  5. Evidence of success - It was predicted at the beginning of the project that implementing the scheme would allow a 20 minute route saving across the whole of the route. This has been achieved and considerable journey time savings have been made by removing the need for passengers to change buses in the city centre when travelling across the city. The Metro service continues to operate fully commercially with no revenue support from the authority whereas other bus services have been reduced in frequency, periods of operation have been curtailed and some have required financial support from the Council.
  6. Contact details to obtain further information - Chris Vinestock, BSc (Econ), MBA, CPFA, MCIHT

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