Bus Stop Design Guide
The Bus Stop Design Guide provides clear infrastructre guidance to facilitate better coordination between COTA, municipalities, developers and consultants in the design and construction of transit facilities as well as communities that will be served by transit.
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Bus Stop Service Improvement Project (BSSIP)
The BSSIP was a system-wide initiative to evaluate the stop spacing on all lines in the COTA system and make adjustments in accordance with our spacing standards. The initiative was completed in September of 2015 and is the standard for all COTA initiatives.
Spacing improves service
In 2010, COTA began a multi-year initiative 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|
|500 – 700 feet|
|700 – 850 feet|
|Low Density Residential
|850 – 1200 feet|
|Rural Areas or Express Routes
Other Factors Affecting Bus Stop Placement
- Pedestrian amenities like sidewalks and crosswalks
- Special populations
- Nearby destinations
- Transfer opportunities