Buses to control lights

Buses to control lights

Postby Mark1111 » Jan 27th, 2019, 10:00 pm

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#247664

Not a fan of this. Emergency vehicles sure but since when is it critical that the bus makes the light?
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Hassel99 » Jan 27th, 2019, 10:19 pm

It’s not critical...

It’s to optimize traffic efficiency, what’s wrong with that?

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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby GordonH » Jan 27th, 2019, 10:35 pm

I guess non transit commuters will see either a improvement or longer waits at traffic lights (I suspect those longer waits will be north/south traffic).
Meaning those crossing Harvey/hwy 97.

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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Hornswoggle » Jan 27th, 2019, 10:46 pm

Optimize traffic haha. Now the cross street will have a longer line of traffic wanting to make left turns.
The way these bus drivers drive, this is stupidity.
At least maybe now they will have time to remain stopped until passengers are seated.
Next we will have them handing out parking tickets
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby OKkayak » Jan 27th, 2019, 11:11 pm

Just stay behind a bus and you're golden :biggrin:

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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Even Steven » Jan 28th, 2019, 12:51 am

I was under impression they have been doing it already.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby stuphoto » Jan 28th, 2019, 4:24 am

Hornswoggle wrote:Optimize traffic haha. Now the cross street will have a longer line of traffic wanting to make left turns.
The way these bus drivers drive, this is stupidity.
At least maybe now they will have time to remain stopped until passengers are seated.
Next we will have them handing out parking tickets

Before you say that they're driving is Stupidity how about getting a professional drivers licence and try it.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Bsuds » Jan 28th, 2019, 7:53 am

Well at least now they won't be running reds anymore.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby JayByrd » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:02 am

Even Steven wrote:I was under impression they have been doing it already.


They have been. This latest article was the first I'd heard of it but apparently a bunch of buses in the fleet already have this ability.

I wonder how much time is lost for transit buses due to people failing to yield to them? I mean it's the law, so I know everyone on the Castanet Forums does...but y'know, other people...
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Kareem a-Weet » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:09 am

I wonder what effect this will have on any lights that are currently synchronized (if any) on 97. Surely won't speed things up, except for the bus.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby Grandan » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:10 am

Mark1111 wrote:https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-247664-1-.htm#247664

Not a fan of this. Emergency vehicles sure but since when is it critical that the bus makes the light?

Every bus runs on a schedule. It is important to be able to make critical connections so that passengers can get to their destination on time, ie. work or school. Each delay in the schedule is cumulative to the extent that the delay of one bus can cause the next one to miss other critical transfers and on down the line. Instead of being on time at work you are now one hour late due to your connecting bus not showing up whereas for the car driver, missing one traffic signal cycle might make them a few minutes late if at all.
Do you think that BC Transit would be asking for this if it was just fluff? BTW, emergency vehicles do not need the lights to change in order to blow through a red light, buses do not have that right.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby the truth » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:32 am

i do not take the bus, but i like the idea, buses should run on time as best as possibly for many reasons :smt045
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby WalterWhite » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:35 am

In this day and age I'm amazed this is now just happening.
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby LTD » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:47 am

the truth wrote:i do not take the bus, but i like the idea, buses should run on time as best as possibly for many reasons :smt045

so now the three people on the bus are far more important than the hundreds stuck at lights because someone decided the bus drivers can play god with traffic, they already dont have to wait when pulling back into traffic they just go doesnt matter if youre right beside them they just force their way in now they can control the lights as well :up:
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Re: Buses to control lights

Postby sobrohusfat » Jan 28th, 2019, 10:59 am

Meh - might as well let the big guys have a go

City could never seem to assemble the brain power necessary to synchronize timing to help flush-out the increasing hiway constipation anyways so...

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