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Station & Stop Principles
Transit stops are the first and last interactions riders have with transit—they introduce passengers to the service and guide them through the entire trip. Transit stops can enable more and better transit trips for all users while enhancing the full

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Stop Design Factors
The success of a transit system depends in large part on how well on-street platforms respond to the design needs of people riding and operating transit, and how well they work with the design of transit vehicles themselves.

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Stop Placement & Intersection Configuration
Transit stops must be positioned and integrated into intersections based on contextual considerations and goals for transit and street operations. Where the transit stop is configured plays a significant role in how effectively it operates.

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Platform Length
Transit platform length is determined by rider capacity, pedestrian conditions, accessibility considerations, and transit operator needs. Allowing transit to stop in-lane unlocks distance along the curb, promotes accessibility, and often has little impact on general traffic conditions.

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Platform Height
Platform height affects ease of boarding; raised platforms enable easier, more accessible passenger boarding and alighting by decreasing step-down distance and gap between vehicle floor and platform.

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Accessible Paths & Slopes
Designs that provide universal accessibility at stops and stations not only increase the equity of transit systems, but also reduce operational costs.

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Universal Design Elements
Universal design features are critical throughout the transportation network, making it possible for any street user to comfortably and conveniently reach every transit stop. Employ tactile, visual, and audible design elements together to guide people of all abilities through the

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Stop Configurations
While stop location determines to a large extent how transit vehicles approach stops and interact with traffic, the physical configuration of stops and stations impact how riders interact with the transit system.

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Boarding Bulb Stop
Boarding bulb stops use curb extensions to enable side-running transit vehicles to stop in lane, improving transit speed and reliability, and creating space for waiting passengers, furnishings, and other amenities.

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Side Boarding Island Stop
Side boarding islands are dedicated boarding areas for passengers that eliminate bike-transit conflicts, streamline service by enabling in-lane stops, and improve accessibility with level or near-level boarding platforms.

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Shared Cycle Track Stop
Shared cycle track stops—where bikeway rise and run along the boarding area rather than wrapping behind—are an important retrofit option for constrained transit streets with in-lane stops, especially of streetcars, if a boarding island configuration does not fit in either

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Curbside Pull-Out Stop
Curbside pull-out stops are a low-cost option for bus stops on streets with curbside parking. While bus transition time is longer than for in-lane designs, it is relatively easy to make these stops accessible, provided sidewalks are sufficiently wide.

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In-Lane Sidewalk Stop
Where transit vehicles run adjacent to the curb, passengers board and alight directly from the sidewalk. Curbside stops are also often observed in dedicated transit lanes, where pulling out of traffic is unnecessary.

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In-Street Boarding Island Stop
In-street boarding islands create in-lane stops, giving streetcars and buses priority within the street while allocating space for through-moving vehicles. In-street islands call for careful accommodation and management of pedestrian access to the boarding platform.

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Median Stop, Right-Side Boarding
Where transit runs along a wide median separating travel directions, center-median stops highlight and give brand identity to transit service. Right-side boarding platforms are interoperable with standard buses and higher capacity transit vehicles.

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Median Stop, Left-Side Boarding
Center-median stops and stations offer the highest level of comfort and visibility for high-frequency and high-volume transit routes. Combined platforms deliver efficient service, with passengers boarding through doors on the left side of transit vehicles.

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On-Street Terminal
On-street terminals serving many routes can increase capacity and reduce transit vehicle congestion where multiple routes converge. By grouping routes and spacing stops in a skip-stop configuration, passenger boardings can be dispersed, easing pedestrian congestion.

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References

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