Here’s another example of the growing trend towards more personalized mass transit – the mini bus. It can more easily pass the 5-minute rule since it runs more often than a regular bus, and it’s also quieter and more car-like.
The real potential in this size of transit may be realized when bus rapid transit/BRT-guidance systems are applied to it, where they’ll run automatically along invisible tracks, remotely turn traffic lights green up ahead and also take advantage of dedicated traffic lanes. In other words, it takes the principles of personalized rapid transit/PRT, eliminates the huge infrastructure costs and timeline associated with PRT, and can be implemented with minimal relative investment – yesterday.
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