You say goodbye and I say hello

I am always glad I have this intellectual outlet for whenever I wish to write, I am just less impressed with the circumstances from which this entry originates from. I thought of how public transportation can be made more efficient as I walked, having just missed my transfer bus.

What if that bus you want to catch actually waited for you?

Much in the same way that communal insects like ants and bees have develop ways to communicate with each other, I think buses and streetcars need to have the ability to talk to one another when in close proximity. I am sure the planning of the routes went through a vigorous system engineering exercise to ensure all intersecting buses arrive close to each other within the hour, so this shouldn’t be a terribly hard thing to do. My vision is for buses to have radio communication, where one driver could ring a bus up ahead to hold for 10 seconds while riders make their connecting bus. This will allow more people to catch connecting buses and streetcars and it would be hard to believe other countries haven’t thought of this system. For the concept of a sustainable neighbourhoods, this would improve the efficiency of public transportation for intra-community travelling.

There are factors that need to be resolved before this is something actually workable, such as abuse,  but I do not believe the technology needs to be invented, it only needs to be utilized. What do you guys think? Am I completely crazy?

As always, questions and comments are welcome.


About eatonkwan

Engineer by profession, interests lie in environmental development, LEED and sustainable development.
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2 Responses to You say goodbye and I say hello

  1. Main problem – clearly – is that these systems are never designed with commuters in mind. You’d go on forever listing the ways that they obviously fail us. Just think of TTC’s inability to sell daily or even weekly tickets that would permit you to enter stations from every entrance (daily’s don’t permit that). Weekly’s can only be bought from monday to sunday … as in, really? So, if you arrive on a tuesday or wedneday, you can’t essentially buy a 7 day ticket for the week that you are actually in town. 21st century? Not quite, at least not in a hicktown like Toronto. – As I said, I could go on forever. Given that the most obvious things are not done, I’m pessimistic much is gonna change. Baseline is: there’s no commitment to actual commuter friendliness.

    • eatonkwan says:

      I would agree with that completely Udo, however it is the hand that we have been dealt and beside this broken imperfect system there are no other. Our task remains how we can make the existing system work better. Continuing to stuff people into crowded trains doesn’t work, so they are looking at building a second line. Much of the system is now becoming patchwork but I believe we should still make good patchwork

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