Bus Stop Service Improvement Project


The BSSIP was a system-wide project to evaluate the stop spacing on all lines in the COTA system and make adjustments in accordance with our spacing standards. The project was completed in September of 2015.

Spacing improves service

In 2010, COTA began a multi-year project to analyze all existing bus stops. Many of the communities in COTA’s service area have changed over time and the existing bus stops may not reflect current land use and population density.

Bus Stop Spacing Guidelines

Population Density New Bus Stop Spacing Standard
High Density/CBD
20 people/acre
500 - 700 feet
Fully-developed Residential
10-20 people/acre
700 - 850 feet
Low Density Residential
3-10 people/acre
850 - 1200 feet
Rural Areas or Express Routes
0-3 people/acre
1200+ feet

Other Factors Affecting Bus Stop Placement

  • Ridership
  • Pedestrian amenities like sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Special populations
  • Nearby destinations
  • Transfer opportunities

Learn More

Click here to download our Bus Stop Service Improvement Project Presentation.