Friday, September 05, 2008

Minor Improvements

I think it's important to understand that even minor public transit innovcations can add up to quite a big deal. Bus travel is slowed down substantially by on board fare collection and single door entry. Remove those and the ride is faster.

Buses on an experimental route in the Bronx are moving significantly faster thanks to a series of innovations meant to cut travel time, including having riders pay before they board, transit officials said on Thursday.


A trip from end to end on the Bx12 route that previously took close to an hour now takes about 12 minutes less, a time saving of 20 percent, said Joe Smith, New York City Transit’s senior vice president for buses.