Bus Stop Optimization
What is Bus Stop Optimization?
In the U.S., transit authorities are learning that substantial improvements to service can be made by making adjustments to bus stops. Known as "Bus Stop Optimization," independent research (“Why Getting Rid of Bus Stops Can Improve Bus Service.” Governing Magazine, Sept. 18, 2014) has provided compelling evidence that there is significant improvement to bus service when approximately 40 to 45 percent of stops are eliminated.
Benefits of Bus Stop Optimization include:
• Improved travel time and shorter rides
• Improved accessibility because stops are better located for customers
• Reduced emissions and cost
Results of RTS’ Independent Bus Stop Optimization Study
On behalf of RTS, Passero Associates conducted an independent study last year to examine RTS bus stops. Results showed that RTS has 3,400 bus stops—an excessive number compared to other transit authorities—sometimes as many as 14-16 per mile.
The study recommended that RTS:
- Phase out approximately 25 percent of RTS stops by the end of 2015. (Lower than 40-45 percent that was cut in other communities)
- Remove 472 and keep 1,197 urban stops in the city of Rochester
- Remove 437 and keep 1,187 suburban stops in Monroe County
The study's findings were presented at a Fall 2014 public workshop:
Poster: About the RTS Bus Stop Optimization (.pdf)
Poster: RTS Bus Stop Optimization and other RTS Initiatives (.pdf)
Poster: RTS Bus Stop Optimization Recommendations (.pdf)
Poster: RTS Bus Stop Optimization- Questions & Feedback (.pdf)
Flyer: Coming November 28- New Route Numbers, Colors
Flyer: Bus Stop Optimization FAQs (.pdf)
Spreadsheet: BSO Draft Stop Recommendations FALL 2014(.pdf)
Note: stops marked as critical or keep will stay in place.