November 6, 2012

Bus Stop Removals Close To Home

Regular readers may be aware that I am a big fan of removing bus stops. Public transit is the ultimate example of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." But now, COTA has proposed to take away the stop I use for the #3. Is it defensible?

This is about a mile stretch with about 10 stops per side. In other words, every 0.1 miles there's a bus stop. The new proposal changes that to 6 stops which means that it's about every 0.17 miles there's a bus stop. Using the standard 0.25 mile radius around the bus stop, we're moving from this:

All graphics made using Free Map Tools

To this:

There's a lot less service duplication so it is largely defensible on its own. However, #6 runs nearby on Sullivant Avenue and it may be more appropriate at the service duplicated between the two lines.

What does this picture mean? I don't know. It could mean that the #3 could continue on Eakin Road to reduce service duplication. It could mean that the two services could be combined to provide more frequent service. Or at the very least, it could mean that both of these lines could have been evaluated during the bus stop removal program.

Regardless, it looks like I'll be walking a little bit farther to the bus stop starting January 1, 2013.

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  1. Looks reasonable to me. One nitpick is that walking distances are often portrayed as circles (because it's easy), but really they're more like diamonds in a grid street network.

    1. The key point regarding circles is it being easy. If you know of any automated shape, grid-based system I'm open to redoing this analysis.

      But overall, yeah, this is an improvement on current situation. Hopefully COTA will be able to realize better on-time performance and/or more frequent service with these bus stop removals.

  2. I think ArcGIS Network Analyst can do it, but that's not free and even though I have it, I don't know how to do it.


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