The reason why bus bays have fallen into disrepute in cities like London
and Singapore is because of the exiting for the bay problem. Essentially
the bus has to merge back into the flowing traffic and this delays the bus.
Singapore tried to remedy this problem by installing a traffic light that
would turn red when the bus was about to pull out, stopping traffic behind
it, so that the bus could exit w/o any delay. That did not really work.
Also the issue of "get the bus out of my way" needs to be addressed - as
others in this post have already mentioned.
So overall, I still prefer the solution which pushed the bus platform into
the parking lane so that the bus does not have to turn into the bus bay and
All this having been said, the issues on our streets are way too complex,
so this experiment is certainly worthwhile as it also addresses issues
related to safety, driver behavior, commuter behavior, motorist behavior,
parking encroachment etc, which are presumably not issues in Singapore or
From the *Accessible Bus Stop Design Guidance* published by Transport for
*8. Bus bays*
Bus bays (or lay-bys) present inherent operational problems for buses and
they should not be used unless there are compelling safety or capacity
reasons. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy lends further weight to this view
in that priority should be given, wherever possible, to efficient 'people
movers' such as buses.
On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM, Prashant Inamdar
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