Too many buses, too many passengers

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2015-02-09

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In public transport, bus bunching, clumping, convoying, or platooning refers to a group of two or more transit vehicles (such as buses or trains), which were scheduled to be evenly spaced running along the same route, instead running in the same location at the same time. This occurs when at least one of the vehicles is unable to keep to its schedule and therefore ends up in the same location as one or more other vehicles of the same route at the same time. (Wikipedia article: Bus bunching)
L1011996 by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

Two route 9A buses standing in the way for each other outside Copenhagen Central.

The A-buses are meant to go so often that no schedule is needed. The most frequent one is 5A. One morning last week there were five vehicles in at the bus station outside Copenhagen C (OK, I counted both northbound and southbound buses). Suppose that many 5A passengers elsewhere had to wait long for their transport.

L1011844_v1 by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

Two route 3 buses are about to arrive at the Lund C bus stop in one minute.

In Lund, routes 3 and 6 are following very tight schedules. This evening the former shows exactly the same symptom as the Copenhagen A routes.

L1011985 by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

The opposite is true for route 1 in Lund. This is how crowded it can be. No fun to wait for fifteen minutes and then not get a seat.


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