Evaluation of the scheme on "give way" to buses emerging from bus bays
Tay, Ronald Yong Hwee.
Date of Issue2010
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Land Transport Authority
The objectives of this project is to check the effectiveness of the Give Way To Buses (GWTB) scheme located at bus bays across Singapore, and to identify the problems that arises with the implementation of the scheme. In addition, the perceived effectiveness of the scheme from all parties involved with it will also be investigated. If the scheme is perceived to be ineffective to some extent, mitigating and improvement measures will be proposed. To identify the problems at bus bays, field observations were conducted at two locations in Singapore where the GWTB scheme has been implemented. To check the effectiveness, field observations were also conducted at another location without the scheme for the purpose of comparison. Furthermore, an online survey and an interview with Bus Captains were also conducted to gain an understanding of the perceived effectiveness of the scheme. The results of the various investigations and feedback from all parties who come across the scheme revealed that in general, while the GWTB scheme has played an essential role in reducing travel time for most bus passengers, many of the vehicle drivers still did not have the practice of giving way (only about half of them gave way). For the scheme to be more effective in inculcating the habit of giving way to buses exiting the bus bay, including even at bus bays without the GWTB scheme, public education and tougher enforcements should play a more critical role. Only with these measures in place can buses save even more time for the commuting public, and at the same time, maintain a safe transport network for all users. Bus commuters account for about 3 million trips per day in Singapore, and it is therefore vital that passengers can commute to their destination in the fastest possible time. The effectiveness of the GWTB scheme is hence a vital issue in saving travelling time for commuters. Hence, the results and proposals in this report would prove relevant to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore to enhance the GWTB scheme as well as to promote public transportation to the general public.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University