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Module 1: Operating Characteristics of Public Transportation

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Operating Characteristics of Public Transportation– Lesson Summary

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Transit Capacity
Transit Capacity is a multifaceted concept that deals with the movement of people and vehicles; depends on the size of the transit vehicles and how often they operate; and reflects the interaction between passenger traffic and vehicle flow.

Mass Rapid Transit
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a term used to describe the modes of urban transport that carry large volumes of passengers quickly. They tend to be along well-defined corridors connecting suburbs to city centres, and in most cases have reserved right-of-way for some or all of their route length.

Dwell time
In transportation, Dwell time refers to the time a vehicle such as a public transit bus or train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Dwell Time is one of the common measures of efficiency in public transport, with shorter dwell times being universally desirable.

Bus and Rail Transit Capacity
Bus Transit Capacity provides procedures for evaluating bus loading area, stop, and facilities such as busway, freeway high occupancy vehicle lane, arterial street bus lane, and mixed traffic lane.
Rail Transit Capacity provides both generalized and more detailed procedures for evaluating the capacity of heavy rail transit, light rail, commuter rail, automated guideway transit, and ropeways.

Station Elements
Waiting Areas
Walkaways
Stairs and Escalators
Doorway
Ticket Machine System

Transit Stop
Transit Stop refers to an area officially marked and designated as a place to wait for a bus, a light rail vehicle, train or any other public transportation vehicle that is operated on a scheduled route and open to use by the general public.