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    GV map on Madrid in EMT offices (public transport offices)

    CUs of the map with blue marking showing present stretches of bus lanes. Madrid buses leave depot

    GV central Madrid street showing double parking in two areas with consequent interruption of several traffic lanes

    GV congested area, bus leaves this area and enters bus lane where traffic flows freely due fact no parking, thus no double parking, in bus lane area repeat of same shot.

    GV buses down own lane while cars pile up in outer lanes, shot repeat couple times as tried estimate when there be good pile up of cars. Last best.


    GV "solo bus" sing and pan to lane and passenger refuge.

    from bus, passing cars held in normal lanes.

    pan bus lane past slower vehicles in general lanes and repeat.

    interior of bus then track in front of one up lane.

    bus, tilt down to wheels and see cracked tarmac caused by weight. Oil slick

    GV vehicle away and see oil slick with woman gingerly stepping across.

    Hi angle GFs of separated public transport lanes.

    Tele and zoom out of tram (Buses being confined to priority lanes as were trams)

    (Low light level)

    Madrids Empresa Municipal de Transportes (public transport company) has 13Kms of bus only lanes in the 3 million city. By the end of this year they hope (due success of the system) have total of 45Kms of lanes for many of the central routes run by its 1000 vehicles depending upon municipal agreement. Lanes give speed priority to public passengers over private cars and others. Buses run 30% faster in the lanes and have attracted 10% more passengers (on "lane" routes). Due less stop-start etc exhaust and wear and tear reduced. "surprise" by product is that traffic flow found to be better where lanes exist, they remove roadside parking and consequent double and triple parking which blocks several lanes (shown in roll one). Like most, Madrid Transport looses money, any ride costs 5 Ptas (3p). Trams to be withdrawn this year.


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