Especially on street segments with frequent transit service, or in locations where a number of lines converge, dual-mode transitways can simplify transfers and bolster transit visibility and system identity.
Street and stop design must account for differences in vehicle design between different services and modes, including vehicle length, boarding height, and door location. Where these dimensions differ, separate platforms may be created, preferably adjacent to one another on the same block to ease transfers and reduce rider confusion.
Restrict turns across transitways to mitigate conflicts with transit vehicles; driver visibility may be poor.
Clearly indicate transfer opportunities with signage showing routes and platform direction. Wayfinding and system information are essential to enabling passenger trip planning.
Transit signal heads can be used where confusion may emerge, such as where transit and vehicle traffic proceeds in separate phases.
Demarcate with solid white lines, and BUS ONLY or LRV ONLY lane markings (MUTCD §3D-01).
High-quality paving materials, furnishings, and plantings improve the streetscape and invite activity, while also defining edges and ensuring pedestrians do not enter active transitways.
On this street, a rail transitway comfortably shares space with pedestrians, who freely use the full width of the sidewalk, transitway, and median, yielding when trains approach. Depending on bus and general traffic volumes and network role, the remainder of the street can also be designed as a shared transit street, creating a public space across the entire street.