A bus priority system in Sapporo City, Japan reduced bus travel times by 6 percent, decreased the number of stops by 7 percent, and reduced the stopped time of buses by 21 percent.


Summary Information

In April 1996, Sapporo City, Japan started operation of a Public Transportation Priority System along a 5.7 kilometer (km) section of Route 36. An evaluation on the effectiveness of the system on weekdays was conducted during the month of May 1996 for the time period between 7:30 and 9:00. Bus travel times in the section were reduced by 6.1 percent, while ridership increased 9.9 percent. Also reported was a 7.1 percent reduction in the number of stops busses made at signals which resulted in a 20.8 percent reduction in stopped time.


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ITS developed by Japanese Police

Published By: Japan Traffic Management Technology Association, Institute of Urban Traffic Research

Source Date: 1999


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Goal Areas


Related Metropolitan Integration Links

Link 16a: Transit Management to Arterial Management

Typical Deployment Locations

Metropolitan Areas


bus priority, traffic signals, TSP

Benefit ID: 2000-00073