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.
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.