Out of the total 354 inter-city bus routes, Seoul will be adjusting the blue and green bus routes as the demand is concentrated around these routes. The adjustment will be made based on the big data on the usage of transportation cards, bus operation, changes in traffic flow, and residential environments.
Seoul aims to correct the imbalance of bus supply and demand, and provide a consumer-centered public transportation service by scientifically analyzing the buses’ temporal/sectional/regional movement patterns, passengers’ demand, etc.
The adjustment of the regular bus routes will be pursued in the following order: discovering the routes to be adjusted out of the total 354 routes based on the requirements set by stakeholders including citizens, districts, and bus associations, → preparing an adjustment plan based on the analysis of big data and the opinions of stakeholders, → and passing the screening of the Citizens’ Bus Policy Committee.
Seoul will set a preparation period during which it will promote the routes to be adjusted to the citizens, and then begin adjusting the routes starting in December at the earliest. Currently, the city is collecting various opinions from citizens on the adjustment of bus routes through the autonomous districts.
The adjustment of the regular bus routes will include ▴ the adjustment of bus routes that have not been changed due to the conflicts of interest, ▴ the reorganization of inefficient routes following changes in residential and traffic environments, ▴ the adjustment of long-distance routes following the 52-hour work week system, and ▴ the introduction of city circulating buses.
First, the adjustment of bus routes will consider the civil complaints that have not yet been resolved due to the conflicts of interest.
Second, inefficient routes will be reorganized, such as those in places where large-scale apartment complexes have been established or where the subway/light rail has been opened thus causing an alteration in the residential or traffic environment.
Third, long-distance routes will be adjusted or shortened in order anchor down the 52-hour work week (Labor Standards Act). In addition, the poor working conditions of bus drivers will be ameliorated through the introduction of a new working system, such as flexible work.
Fourth, new transportation will be prepared by establishing two to three routes of circulating buses in downtown areas. This is to minimize the inconvenience of citizens in terms of movement in association with the project of green areas in which diesel vehicles are banned for improvement of air quality.