It's Time to 'Londonize' Bus Transit in the United States

Bike advocates have Copenhagen to provide a real-world case study of a multi-modal vision of the future. It's time bus advocates had their own exemplar.

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July 10, 2016, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Daniel Hertz writes an appeal on behalf of buses that takes a cue from the example of the impact that Copenhagen has had on the proliferation of bike infrastructure around the United States and the world.

Where bike advocates could Copenhagenize, bus advocates should borrow a model from a different European city and "Londonize," according to Hertz.

Hertz lists the reasons London could serve as the aspirational global model of bus transit—its iconic double deckers and its impressive scale (moving more people, at 2.3 billion passengers a year, than the London Tube (1.3 billion) and almost as many as the New York Subway (2.8 billion)).

To achieve its model successes, Transport for London operates its buses on four pillars, suggested by Hertz as a good place to start to revolutionize bus transit in the United States: Frequency, Reliability, Simplicity, and Comprehensiveness.

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