What are people's thoughts on bus pull-outs? I'm helping edit a land use policy document the currently calls for bus pull-outs to help support transit.
However, I'm conflicted on these. I think they generally diminish transit service, notably in trying to maintain consistent headways, since buses are often stuck in their pull-outs and left to the mercy of yielding, or typically, unyielding drivers. I know pull-outs are designed to remove buses from general traffic while they pick up passengers, but if passengers get on the bus fast enough, especially if they have a pre-paid ticketing option, wouldn't bus service improve if buses didn't veer in and out of traffic?
Also, the particular corridor that this plan concerns (Gallatin Pike) is all highly constrained right-of-way, as its the precursor of I-65 and thus has development along it that's been accumulating since the 1900's at its southern end and development from the 1970's onward on its northern end.
I appreciate any thoughts or links for a better idea on how to improve bus service in an existing strip arterial corridor.