Bus Signal Preference System Gets Funding
Bus Signal Preference System Gets Funding Green Light
A scheme to speed up bus travel will go ahead now that Auckland City Council has received a grant of $3.14 million from Infrastructure Auckland.
The scheme is called signal pre-emption, which means buses will get automatic preference to keep traffic lights green as the buses approach. The scheme also includes the introduction of real-time information sign at bus stops to tell people exactly how many minutes away their next bus is.
The council, which is contributing $600,000, has received $3.21 million from Transfund, the land transport funding agency, and was awaiting IA funding for the $6.95 million project to get the official go-ahead.
The first of the signals will be installed in the later part of this year and the system will take over three years to fully implement.
More than 170 intersections will be equipped to give buses the green light, via a global positioning satellite system to be installed in 737 buses.
The system will help speed up bus travel times by detecting buses approaching intersections and extending the green phases or shortening the red phases to allow the buses to pass through the intersection with less delay.