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Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Transit Priority Measures (TPM) in Urban Areas


In recent years there has been an increasing interest in sustainable transportation and surface transit systems. The reliability of transit systems have been a concern with the growing congestion on the roadways. To improve the performance of these systems, Transit Priority Measures (TPM) have been implemented in various jurisdictions across Canada. The overall objective of these TPM is to improve transit travel time, travel time reliability, and/or safety. However, guidelines that governed the selection and implementation of TPM were unavailable. As a result, these Guidelines were developed to create a process that practitioners may use that will aid in: • Identifying the issues/concerns; • Assessing the potential transit priority measures; and • Implementing and monitoring the select TPM (s). There is a body of TPM applications that can meet these objectives. The TPM can be classified into three broad categories: • Regulatory Measures; • Transit Signal Priority; • Physical Measures. The selected measure(s) should meet the majority of the principles: • Safety; • Delay; • Disruption to Road Users; • Consistency/Conspicuity; and • Pragmatism. The Guidelines present a six step process for implementing TPM that includes a Decision Support Tool (DST) which guides the practitioner in the selection of the TPM. The results from the DST are preferred TPM that can be implemented on-street.

Conference Paper Details

Session title:
Mr. Ron Stewart
Mr. Roland Wong
Transportation planning