OT: Guided busways
ilox at airnet.com.au
Wed Dec 4 18:52:51 CST 2002
> Do they really work, or is the guy thinking that Adelaide
> is far enough away for nobody to be able to refute his point?
> Do they rock? Do they suck?
Yes, they really work. Present calculations show about a 50% reduction
in costs to running the same capacity on the roadways.
The busses run very smoothly, I often fall to sleep on them <G>
The only big problem they had was basically safety, they were running
at too close an interval and had no way of indication that a bus up
ahead had failed until -- screech -- BANG!
The tracks and noise are noticeable but not too bad compared to the
infrastructure required for Rail and the ability to use the vehicles on
and off track is a huge bonus for the operator and passengers. The main
use of the route is to navigate a particularly busy road corridor then
branch out into the further suburbs delivering passengers.
I am a rail man from many years back (21 yrs service) and committed to
seeing rail better utilised, but you cant beat this busway for
economies of scale and flexibility of service.
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