Hodgson, Paul and Potter, Stephen
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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03081060.2010.494029|
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Recent developments in the light rapid transit sector have introduced transit modes that are attempting to imitate the performance of others, e.g. buses with tram-like characteristics. The boundaries between existing definitions of what is a bus, tram or train are becoming blurred. For transport studies and practice this requires a review of how we define modes. This is not just a matter of semantics, but has safety and competition regulation implications for system operators. This paper proposes a structure to produce rail- and bus-based transit mode definitions and typology that are appropriate for modern use. A decision tree is used to classify and define the transit modes as guided-bus, trolley-bus, light rail and tram-train and is provided with example systems. The paper provides a robust definitional framework that allows transit system promoters, operators and other interested parties to have a consistent basis of reference when specifying and comparing rapid transit systems.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 Taylor and Francis|
|Keywords:||bus; light rail; mode definition; typology; decision tree; rapid transit|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)|
|Depositing User:||Stephen Potter|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jun 2011 14:23|
|Last Modified:||03 Dec 2012 17:27|
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