Clockface has a simple idea at its core: run all routes at a 60-minute duration, so that they will all meet up again at the same place, at the same time, all day long. This not only keeps bus routes synchronized (running so that they meet every hour,) but it helps customers remember when a particular route is due to be at a particular stop (at same time of the hour, same place, every hour.)
In the diagram below, there are two circles which each represent a 60-minute route. As the circle rotates, it represents a bus moving along its route. The red square represents those two buses meeting every hour. At that time, passengers can be exchanged and the buses can continue on their way:
These two circles represent routes of two different durations. The one on the left is a 60-minute route, and the one on the right is a 70-minute route. The times when these buses meet are infrequent -- only once every seven hours! In this case, when passengers do not have a bus that is synchronized to the 60-minute schedule (running on clockface,) they will have to wait until the next connecting bus comes into the terminal, which could be an hour away!
By putting all routes on "clockface," every possible meet is maximized. Here in Lee County, we can see how many more meetpoints and meet times there are on a system which is based on clockface as compared to the system as it is now:
Clockface was mandated by Lee County's 2020 Scope of Work document to LeeTran's consultant, Tindale-Oliver:
Tindale-Oliver was able to improve LeeTran's 50% clockface scheduling to 64%, but far less than the Timed Transfer Pulse System's 100% rate!
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