Road traffic emissions are a major threat to air quality in urban areas. Standards for car emissions and Government policy have produced cleaner individual vehicles, but the general increase in traffic on our roads has offset this. This pollution is most evident in cities with narrow streets and congestion problems.
The introduction of quality bus corridors was a first step in making Dublin’s public transport service attractive for moving around the city. Quality Bus Corridors are an initiative to give dedicated road space and traffic signal priority to buses in Dublin, reducing journey times, improving service consistency and making the bus a more attractive mode of travel which in turn takes other vehicles off the roads and improves the city’s overall air quality.
“Well-used public transport can accommodate up to 20 times as many passengers as can private cars on the same road space” (UITP).
This project has seen Nicander deliver a new database to store the performance data of the Quality Bus Corridors operated by Dublin Bus. The database is used as a basis for a suite of reports, providing a previously unobtainable insight into the performance of bus corridors across the City. This has proven extremely valuable for the Authority informing future decision–making and allowing detailed data analysis to be undertaken.
An SQL Server Integration Package has been provided which runs on a monthly basis (or can be run at any time manually) to import the bus corridor data supplied by Dublin Bus automatically removing the risk of human error when entering the data.
Some of the uses for the Quality Bus corridor reports are:
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