Application Areas

Speed is one of the most influential factors on the attractiveness of public transport. Bus speeds are however frequently limited by congestion along the bus routes. Bus lanes have therefore proven to be an effective measure in order to increase bus services’ desirability and competitiveness. Major drawbacks are 1) that buses only are prioritized when it’s possible to devote one of the lanes for buses and 2) that the roads’ total capacities become much lower when bus lanes are utilized. A potential solution to this is the dynamic bus lane. The dynamic bus lane is reserved for buses when buses are present and otherwise open for all vehicles to use. The concept enables thus bus prioritizing even when it is insufficient to devote an entire lane to buses.

The concept of dynamic bus lanes has previously been studied analytically, simulated and field-tested and the results have indicated great potential. Knowledge of how the concept relate to the Swedish traffic context is however still lacking. This pre-study aims therefore to prepare for a local demonstration by investigating what’s required in order to apply dynamic bus lanes here, in which traffic situations they have greatest potential and how road users might react if they were implemented.


Project partners

VTI, Viktoria Swedish ICT, Trafikverket, Transportstyrelsen, AB Volvo, Scania, K2, Fältcom