PRINCIPLES OF THE PULSE SYSTEM
The principles upon which the Pulse System are based are:
1) Connectivity -- better accessibility by linking different parts of the system together. 2) Synchronicity -- how well buses align to meet with one another, providing smooth transfer of passengers from one route to another. 3) Equal Access -- providing multiple ways for the passenger to get to his/her destination within the system. Equal access means getting "from anywhere to anywhere." 4) Shortest Durations -- the goal of streamlining the time it takes to get from a passenger's point of origin to point of destination. This might be the most crucial aspect for determining the efficiency of a transit system! 5) Efficiency -- results in savings of time and money, plus huge returns from investing mere pennies on the dollar! 6) Coverage -- The greater the coverage, the more people over a wider area will have access to public transportation. 7) Transfer Points -- Increasing the number of places where passengers can transfer from one bus to another increases the efficiency of the entire system. More transfer points result in fluidity, more opportunity to save time and more ways to get to one's destination. 8) Headway -- Headway, or frequency, is the time between a complete circuit, or round-trip, of a bus back to its point of origin. Lower headways mean that another bus will be returning to make another stop or pickup in a shorter amount of time. 9) All-Day "Clock-Time" Meets -- Routes which can meet each other throughout the day on a regular basis provide consistency and predictability to customers throughout the network. The Pulse System provides multiple alternatives for passengers to pick which routes and times work best for them, instead of forcing passengers to accept routes which always lead back to the crowded trunk routes.
For a more in-depth discussion of these principles, click on the blue headings above. Not only will these principles be discussed, but tangible examples will be given as well!