May 14, 2003

Inane Bus Routing

Category: Transit , Urban Planning

London: One of the drawbacks of some bus routes is that they go slowly. Not because the bus itself is slow, or because of traffic, but because the route is so crooked and inefficient.

I've generally been quite happy with London Busses, but traveling on the main road in on the north side of London (never mind the name, it changes 12 times) is completely useless.

Everything would be fine if not for the several times the bus is routed off the main road and forced to wait, and wait, and wait, to make a right or left turn onto a side street for a block or two, then sit, stuck on the side street, then wait and wait again to get back on the main road.

Most of these diversions are done to get people close to various train stations, but the amount of time spent maneuvering to get right up close is far greater than the amount of time it would have taken to walk an extra block, even with luggage.

Busses should travel in as straight a line as possible, and they should make as few stops as is practical. Otherwise, they're just taking up space.

Posted by Nick at May 14, 2003 5:51 PM

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I couldn't agree with you more. The bus routes here in Stamford, Connecticut were recently adjusted to avoid the same problem. The speed has impreoved a bit. However, there remains another problem. The busses stop every 30 seconds because of people who are too lazy to walk to an actual stop. Folk will just walk curbside and flag the bus down as soon as it's visible. Sorry for turning this into more of a rant than a comment, keep up the good work..

Posted by: Kevin at May 14, 2003 6:00 PM