ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA O-Bahn Guided Busway

Adelaide’s 12-kilometer [7.4-mile] O-Bahn Guided Busway opened in 1986 and was completed in 1989. The 6.2-meter-wide [20-foot-wide] busway links downtown Adelaide with the northeastern suburbs. Standard and articulated buses circulate in residential areas before entering the three-station busway.

A combination of concrete tracks and buses equipped with special lateral guidewheels allows the vehicles to operate manually, with normal service on roads, and automatically on the guideway by connecting the protruding guidewheels to the concrete track.

Speeds of up to 100 km/h [62 mph] are reached, cutting the journey time by more than half. Ridership has increased steadily since 1986 to about 30,000 per day.

Construction costs were approximated at $100 million in Australian dollars (A).

http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/tcrp/tcrp90v1_cs/Adelaide.pdf

 

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway beside bike lanes

“Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the transportation world, you encounter something different.”

“At 16 miles, the Cambridge guided busway is the longest one in the world. Bus speeds can reach up to 55 mph.”

 

Greater Victoria E&N alternative: Bring in the buses

This dual-purpose line has been in use in Europe since 1992.  Link to affordable housing (hoses, townhouses and condos) on Greater Victoria’s West Shore.

Vision 2020: Future Announceables: Low Cost Housing Tax credits based on TOD priorities

 

How might we better apply tax credits for investors and developers based on Transit Oriented Development Plan Priorities? Interesting… What areas of MetroVic would have the highest TOD Plan Priorities? Why? Get involved in the discussion in MetroVic Vision2020 Consultation (available thru 🇨🇦PlaceSpeak.com soon 🙂).

http://www.tod.org

 

 

http://www.gao.gov/assets/300/294911.pdf#page62