Infrastructure Development Code


Bus route planning for new or extended bus services will require sub-regional or development area planning. Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council will assist developers to incorporate wider bus networks into their proposals.

DS-1.18.1   Design Elements

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Most bus routes should be located on arterial or collector roads.
  2. 90% of dwellings should be located within 500m safe walking distance of an existing or potential bus route.
  3. Avoid ‘dead running’ within or between subdivisions where there are no dwellings nor patronage generating uses fronting the bus route.
  4. All intersections should accommodate bus turning movements.
  5. Where development could cause significant congestion delays, bus priority measures such as traffic signal priority and bus lanes should be implemented, particularly on routes receiving heavy bus flow.
  6. Bus routes should access major activity centres from several direction. Refer to DS-1.18.1 Figure 6: Bus Stop - Typical Bus Route Layout.

Figure 6: Bus Stop - Typical Bus Route Layout

figure 6 bus stop - typical bus route layout

DS-   Bus Stop Location - Design Elements

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Spacing between stops should be at a maximum of 400 - 500 m along the route, dependent on proximity of side roads or pedestrian links.
  2. Locate adjacent to major trip generators such as hospitals, schools commercial centres and elderly persons housing.
  3. Locate with regard to pedestrian routes, subways, bridges, school crossing desire lines etc. to maximise bus stop catchments.
  4. Do not locate stops on crests of hills or on the inside of curves due to poor sight lines.
  5. Avoid stops at the bottom of hills because of the hazards associated with heavy braking.
  6. Bus stop facilities should not be located where they will unreasonably prevent access to adjacent land with frontage to the road.
  7. Bus stops should ideally be located in pairs opposite or nearly opposite one another. In cases of narrow streets the stops may need to be staggered.

DS-   Bus Stop Design - Design Elements

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. All bus stops should be adjacent to footpaths or pedestrian links.
  2. Lighting should illuminate waiting passengers.
  3. Care should be taken to ensure that street planting and furniture does not interfere with sightlines.
  4. Appropriate road crossing facilities, including pedestrian cut-downs need to be provided at every bus stop. For roads of more than 2 lanes, a staged crossing refuge should be provided.
  5. Shelters should be located so that passengers are visible to the bus driver and buses are visible to waiting passengers.
  6. Shelters should be located in areas or beside activities where there are opportunities for passive surveillance.
  7. Where possible, shelters should be orientated to provide protection from the weather.
  8. Shelters should not obstruct the view of motorists leaving driveways and side streets.
  9. Provide sufficient hard paving for wheelchair manoeuvring onto low floor bus ramps at entry and exit doors and around street furniture.
  10. Provide sufficient paving at exit door area to allow passengers to exit in a number of directions once off the bus.
  11. Install tactile ground surface indicators to assist people with visual impairment to access the bus from an adjoining footpath.

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