This is an interesting project that is now being developed in Honduras, under the Rapid Transit Bus (BTR) modality. Although now it is in that stage of understanding before the transporters that do not have the clarity of how the cities evolve, it seems to us one of the milestone works in the development of the thematic axis of Territorial Planning and Urban Mobility of Tegucigalpa.
The concept is recent in countries of the Central American area although it began in the 70 years in Brazil, where it has reached many countries in the Americas such as Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Canada, the United States and in different countries of Europe and Africa It is very popular in countries with overcrowded cities like China and India.
And it is that in itself is not simply more buses glued by the tail, but a methodology that includes the gradual construction of trunk systems that operate without affecting the rest of traffic, with feeder, exclusive lane, security system, scheduled routes, geolocation and With at least two main intentions: Be a fast transport system and maintain a quality service. Both challenges are the main problems of traditional transport systems and where there will surely be a lot to work beyond the technical aspect in one of the cities with recent bad pejoratives in regards to safety and management.
The Trans 450 has a page with information that should interest all of us who are associated with Territorial Planning issues, analyzing its evolution and impact is more than useful. We promote it because the good things that happen should motivate us to counteract That pessimistic spirit To believe that we have no solution.
So here are the two important aspects of the Trans 450 page.
The planning and structuring studies of the first phase.
This includes two documents, the diagnosis and a presentation with the analysis of current 12 routes, showing the behavior on a working day and a festive one in regards to the SUBE / LOW.
- With this the pattern of mobility of the users in the area of influence is known.
- It also determines the load profiles through the volume of passengers per stop of the routes surveyed
The map above shows the disaster as those 12 routes now operate. The chaos of a bus stopped half an hour at a station, stops in places not indicated, the blockage of two lanes for hindering the next one ... all because the same passenger is fighting.
These maps show the demand of users by stop station, on the right one working day, in gray the SUBE and in blue the LOW. See how on the working day all the casualty is concentrated at the end point while on the non-working day the stop stations are the commercial centers of the road.
The BTR systems operate according to the route and not the passenger captured, which can offer the user a guarantee of time and periodicity. There is much to learn from both documents, although the presentation is only the summary of the complete study, it shows between the lines how the conceptual model works, how the rates and the institutional articulation work so that it is public but maintains its quality.
This is mounted on the Google Earth API and shows structured interest information in the following layers:
- Administrative. Here is the urban limit, the municipal limit and the neighborhoods / neighborhoods
- 450 Trans routes. With linear geometries of the trunks and feeders
- Stop stations
- Construction phases
- Characterization. This seems to us an interesting category, where the colonies are themed by the degree of social vulnerability and demand.
Although they are kml layers with an AJAX interface, it seems a valuable initiative to show the population with Internet access what is not easy to explain in a short TV report and will surely have more information as the development of the work.
Here is the model mounted on TransCAD, Caliper's CAD / GIS software
View Map Page
In general, it seems an interesting initiative that is no longer new to other countries and beyond the specific approach we have taken to the good image of the website, for Honduras it constitutes an important step in the modernity of its capital. Almost with similar inspiration to the design stroke of its main boulevards and peripheral ring in the seventies ...