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Old 10-05-19, 06:29 AM
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Passenger Bridge Between Moving Buses

The ability to transfer passengers between moving buses without stopping holds the potential to revolutionize transit.

Passengers would save time spent waiting for transfers by simply walking across a small bridge between docked buses (without stopping the buses!).

Buses could be retrofit with such docking bridges using their existing wheelchair ramp systems. While extended, the docking bridge would extend into the next lane, and once passenger-transfer is complete, the ramps would retract back with the door as it closes.

Such passenger transfers could be done wherever the right lane or shoulder is wide-enough to allow the docking bridge to extend out without endangering cyclists or pedestrians.

Docking would be facilitated by adaptive cruise control that enables buses to follow at close distance for the duration of the docking maneuvre without gaining or losing distance.

Such docking-bridge passenger transfers could reduce travel times for both long-distance as well as local travel. It would also enable more competition among different carriers, as multiple local passenger pickup vehicles could take turns linking with longer-route vehicles on stretches of highway within municipal areas with several highway entrance/exit ramps.

Fuel cells could also be transferred using such docking bridges, which would allow class B vehicles of all kinds to drive longer without stopping to refuel. If drivers could also trade places using adaptive cruise control and lane-centering technologies, it would only be necessary to stop vehicles for service and otherwise not.

To measure how much time bus-bridge docking systems could save passengers. just think of how much time it takes to get to a Greyhound station and how many transfers it takes to connect many destinations. Think about how much time is spend waiting for transfers to make it all the way across a large municipal area like Orlando.

Also consider the potential bridge-docking systems could hold for sorting packages and transferring them between vehicles while en route. Shipping times could be reduced while creating jobs moving parcels between vehicles while they are making distance on the highway instead of sitting parked in a loading area.

Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering don't just hold potential for comfort, convenience, and safety in small vehicles. They are also the key to unlocking the vast spectrum of gains to be realized by docking buses and other class B vehicles without stopping and sitting still to transfer passengers, packages, and even fuel!
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