About Bus Network Redesigns

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Redesigning a bus network is a collaborative planning effort to determine where today's bus service should go. It all begins with wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch.

Due to limited resources, transit agencies and the public must choose how best to create the network they want. Working together to determine the answers to questions like the ones posed below, transit agencies and the public can prioritize certain features over others and allocate resources accordingly.

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Reimagining the Bus Network

Trade-offs in bus network designs

Here are some of the examples of trade-offs cities and communities make during the redesign process: 

  • Ridership versus coverage
  • Connections versus one-seat rides
  • Faster trips versus more stops
A graphic depicting the trade-offs between direct, high-frequency service on one main corridor versus indirect, less frequent service on several routes.
A graphic depicting the trade-offs between straight, direct routes that may require a transfer versus circuitous, meandering, indirect routes that provide a one-seat ride.
A graphic depicting the trade-off between greater distances between bus stops that require a bus to exit and re-enter traffic less often and shorter distances between bus stops.