Last edited 20 May 2021

Integrated transport system



[edit] Introduction

Integrated transport involves the combining of different modes of transport to maximise ease and efficiency for the user in terms of time, cost, comfort, safety, accessibility and convenience.

Different modes of transport have differing technical and operational capabilities. Each mode of transport in the system has to develop its capacity to meet specific demand viewed within the total demand for all modes of transport in the system. In this way, as well as competing with each other, they also supplement each other.

A successful integrated transport system should result in higher demand for public transport, with a knock-on reduction in congestion and pollution.

Some examples of integration between transport modes, which make up part of the overall system, include:

[edit] Planning techniques

A successfully integrated transport system involves the coordination and optimisation of timetables, to ensure that users do not have undue waiting times between different modes. The central aim should always be the decrease in time of the user’s journey from the origin to destination.

[edit] Integrated planning

One of the primary challenges in integrating systems is the coordination of the different agencies responsible for different transport modes, some of which will be privately-operated. Coordinated planning ensures easy interchange, in terms of both proximity and time, resulting in trips with minimum disruption.

This is also important in terms of providing real-time service information, allowing users to make informed decisions in response to changing infrastructure situations, such as train delays or flight cancellations.

[edit] Integrated infrastructure

This involves the seamless connection of various transport modes. For example, the connection of park-and-ride facilities and stations; connections between cycleways and public transport; connections between public transport and retail/commercial centres that are popular destinations.

[edit] Integrated operations

This involves the coordination of infrastructure and planning, to ensure seamless connections between, for example, bus-to-bus, bus-to-train, bus-to-ferry, and so on. Rather than acting purely in competition with each other, the modes need to complement each other. Operationally, this can include integrated ticketing and fares to enable user transfer without financial penalty.

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