Bus lane programme in Budapest – The bus corridor to Rákoskeresztúr
Topic of the practice
Encouraging the use of public and shared transport
Good Practice Information
The bus corridor to Rákoskeresztúr demonstrates a good example of a bus lane programme. Within the Rákoskeresztúr bus corridor a whole range of infrastructural measures is implemented between a peripheral city suburb and the closest metro line. On a 10 km route dedicated bus lanes and separate bus-paths are being created. More than 10 junctions and 20 bus stops are reconstructed, and camera surveillance will ensure smooth and quick public transportation.
Main aim is to decrease journey times and to improve reliability in the bus service, making it more attractive for current and potential passengers.
Main stakeholders are the Municipality of the City of Budapest, the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport and the BKV (public transport company). Beneficiaries are current and future passengers of the bus service. Costs of the bus corridor project are 1,2 bln HUF (4 mln EUR), including co-financing from EU structural funds.
Key success factors are flexible use of financing opportunities (re-sharing road space connected to necessary road reconstructions or private investments), thorough planning (to avoid unexpected side effects in traffic flow) and flexible use of planned traffic changes (e.g. after construction works not to return all the road space to car traffic, but to reserve a lane for buses). The methodology of planning a bus route is of course transferable. The different aspects, problems, solutions can be shared with other partners, but they need to be adapted to local conditions.
Evidence of success
Ensuring priority for public transport leads to decreased travel time, improved reliability and a more attractive public transport. Bus lanes and bus corridors are smart and cheap solutions in a situation when funding is scarce.
Direct results can be measured in terms of decrease in travel times, lower variability in travel times; indirect results can be measured in terms of passenger volumes. Output indicators for the bus corridor project are: length of new bus lanes (3,4 km), number of junctions reconstructed (11), number of bus stops improved (20). Result indicators are: average decrease in travel time (10 %) and increase in number of bus passengers traveling along the route (~1 %).
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Anett Ungvári, Project manager
BKK Centre for Budapest Transport
Annex completed on: 04-30-2012