London's Buses Hauls Twice as Many Riders Than The Tube

Surprisingly, London's bus network carries 6 million passengers to the Underground's 3 million. Facing serious cutbacks and fuel costs, Transport for London is working to reinvent the bus system.
September 21, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Already known for innovations like Oyster electronic ticketing, Joe Peach writes that Transport for London must improve the quality and number of its bus lanes:

"Whilst there are many bus lanes leading to central London, in the city itself many roads are shared, delaying buses considerably. London needs to introduce bus lanes comprehensively throughout its centre, becoming a city which truly prioritizes public transportation needs."

Other ideas?

"It is also possible to digitally monitor how full buses are, and display this information at bus stops. This shows passengers the capacity of buses before they arrive, allowing them to make informed judgements about the best route home..."

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Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in Next American City
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