Bus Station Management

"Software For Bus Station Activities"

Integration with land use is critical for all public transport infrastructure including bus station infrastructure, particularly in order to adequately cater for customers needs, ensures community access to services and contributes to reducing dependency on car. While other factors such as operational capacity and network characteristics influence the functionality of public transport infrastructure, ultimately the location is the key driver for passengers using the facility.

The majority of locality factors (for example, population projections, demographics, major attractors) for public transport infrastructure are led by the relevant land use plan for the location. This could include: regional plans, local government land use plans, transport strategies and plans.

The overarching design guidelines within the Public Transport Infrastructure Manual need to be applied giving consideration to site-specific characteristics to create an attractive, seamless integration with the surrounding environment.In some cases, major public transport infrastructure (such as bus stations) is an integral part of supporting economic development of urban centres, and supports increased densities by encouraging transit-oriented developments.

The proximity of transport facilities with complementary land use developments is vital, as urban consolidation is necessary for achieving increased public transport patronage and therefore justifying high-frequency services. Reference should also be made to the Government’s development assessment processes and systems. In some cases, major public transport infrastructure (such as bus stations) is an integral part of supporting economic development of urban centres, and supports increased densities by encouraging transit-oriented developments.

The proximity of transport facilities with complementary land use developments is vital, as urban consolidation is necessary for achieving increased public transport patronage and therefore justifying high-frequency services.

The following principles should be applied to the planning and design of bus station infrastructure:

• Stakeholder engagement: partnering with stakeholders to support transit-oriented development opportunities

• Land use planning: design is appropriate to surrounding community and considers potential future densities and land uses

• Catchment area: analyse the catchment area to inform existing and potential passenger volumes

• Permeability: ensure there is high quality, legible access between the surrounding environment and the transport facility as per the access hierarchy, including pedestrian connectivity between activity nodes and the public transport station

• Infrastructure footprint: the physical and operational footprint impacts of station facilities are optimised (for example, vehicle access, stormwater runoff catchments)

• Safety and security: station is located to promote customer safety and security, as well as minimise opportunity for criminal or terrorism activity.

The design of public transport infrastructure needs to consider current and future capacity requirements. The project scoping for public transport infrastructure should determine the timeframe to be considered in planning and design (for example, should 10, 20 or 30 year demand forecasts be used to inform facility design).

Depending on the site consideration and long-term public transport network plans, planning should consider provision for future expansion to increase capacity.

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