Detailed specification and design specification for optimised layout, passenger flow and dwell time including new and attractive front, D 2.1.3.a in the project European Bus System of the Future
In D2.1.3.a, simulation models are built for different bus design in order to find a optimal bus layout in terms of dwell time and passenger flow. The simulation result shows that layout 4 is the optimal one compared to other layouts. The main features of layout 4 are centre driver position and short front overhang, double doors with large door blade and flexible seat type in front car. It is also shown that dwell time can be reduced when ticket machines are positioned far away from the door (on the opposite side of the aisle), compared to the results when the ticket machines are positioned near by the door.
Physical bus mockups are built in order to evaluate how different bus layouts affect dwell times and passengers’ experiences. It shows that the addition of the 4th door is positive. The experiment allowing passengers to only enter through the front door, however, increases dwell times.
physical bus mockup
centre driver position