Set stop spacing based on goals for the route. For general applications, convert to a pattern of stops 800 feet apart for local service, and 1/4–1/2 mile for rapid lines. Distancing stops evenly along the route enables simpler signal progression planning.
When local and rapid services both operate along the same street, more frequent local stops are more acceptable, and rapid stops can be spaced as much as one mile apart. Where local runs alone for long corridors and rapid service is unlikely to be added, consider 1,200–1,400 foot spacing.
Stop spacing for local services of more than 5 per mile can be useful when most passengers are going short distances. These conditions are often met on short routes, in retail and entertainment areas, where substitutes for walking are a primary reason for the service, or where design and street conditions render the delay caused by stops less relevant.
Adjust stop spacing to the street grid and the surrounding transit network, especially reducing the distance to transfers.
Transition from making stops on demand to stopping at every station. Predictable stops and dwell times simplify service and trip planning.
Pair stop consolidation with station investments, including near-level boarding platforms, high-quality shelters and seating, green infrastructure, bike parking, bike share, and real-time passenger information systems (see Stations & Stops and Stop Elements).
Prioritize near-level or level boarding and comfortable waiting areas that do not block pedestrian through movement. Universal design enables more comfortable use for all passengers, including those with disabilities, and speeds boarding and alighting while easing the demand on operators.
All-door boarding (which can be supplemented with off-board fare collection) reduces dwell time.