Nimble (Transit)

This is the link to Nimble video an innovative bus based transit system. It was Submitted to the Buckminster Fuller challenge.
This work is designed to make traditional urban transit more “nimble”. It is a new type of transit system built around the common bus. It can grow and change as the city does. NIMBLE can help shape even the most sprawling cities into transit friendly metropolises.

Describe the critical need your solution addresses.

NIMBLE was conceived to connect and re-shape auto-oriented, fragmented ‘new’ cities and underserved developing cities. It can provide a large service area, large capacity, operate cost effectively, and compete with the private automobile.

Explain your initiative in more depth and its stage of development.

Using two innovations, NIMBLE will connect three recent but proven technologies, buses running on rail, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOT lanes) incorporating the best features from each system.
Bus Trains: Bus rail has been implemented in a few European and Australian cities but only running single buses. NIMBLE can, when the situation dictates, transform individual buses into bus trains, that is buses that link together like rail cars. These bus trains would run in tunnels and/or elevated busways in the most populated center core of a city. Research on fast linking and control technology is needed to make this work. Bus trains can transport more people faster and more safely in densely populated areas. However, in less populated areas the bus trains can unlink each individual bus, each of which travels to separate destinations.
Elevated “HOT lane” bus stops: HOT lanes have variable tolls determined by congestion levels while allowing HOV 3 vehicles free use. This money can be use for infrastructure cost and will control congestion. HOT lanes are operating in several cities. By installing elevated bus stops, buses can use the speed of freeways without pulling off to board passengers. This will turn the highway network into s bus transit system without requiring large initial ridership or capital investment. Buses can also bypass stops allowing for powerful scheduling possibilities. The elevated bus stops require greater bus acceleration and its design must be developed and tested.
NIMBLE shamelessly reuses innovation that can be found in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems around the world. BRTs can be thought of as a surface subway, which re-brands the bus as cool/fun, safe, reliable, comfortable. Along with fast boarding, BRTs provide satisfaction equal to light rail for less cost.
The complete system integration of bus vehicles, bus rail, BRT, HOT lanes is NIMBLE.

About Matthew Mulbrandon

I really like maps, as I am a geographer, and with the help of my more artistic partner I make cool maps. My focus in work and education has been centred on urban problems particularly housing and transportation. I have built and am working on several agent-based housing models. I am also interested in developing innovative ways to combat urban congestion using buses and electric kick scooters. Also it has led me to more theoretical pursuits such as how we determine if a model or methodology is sound (epistemology). How individuals relate to their social and built environment and their resulting interactions (social theory). Cities and really all our institutions are made of people with all their issues, virtues, and dreams and cannot be discounted when examining policy or predicting behaviours.

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