CONDUITS approach used to aid bus priority decision making in Tel Aviv
The street in question is characterised by a mixture of land uses, hence the provision of public transport priority needed to be done carefully to minimise negative impacts on pedestrians and cyclists. Considering the many dimensions the impacts have on the efficiency of the transport system and the level of service provided to pedestrians and cyclists on that street, the decision as to the traffic light plans to be integrated in the routine schedule was undertaken with the assistance of the CONDUITS Decision Support Tool.
The city’s decisions makers were presented with three planning alternatives from which they had to choose the most balanced one, based on absolute public transport priority, moderate priority and minor priority. The impacts of these different priority regimes on the overall efficiency of the system (comprising all modes) as well pollution were then modelled using CONDUITS DST. The option to use weightings is an integral part of the tool. Hence, a city with a vigorous cycling policy may well to give cyclists a higher weighting than car drivers for instance. To know which signal plan (degree of bus priority) was ultimately selected by the city of Tel Aviv, please read the case study
The CONDUITS case study on bus priority in Tel Aviv can be downloaded here.