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Continuous stops

Pickup and drop off everywhere

The transit agency The Current (Rockingham, US-VT) applies a continuous-stop policy on the routes 2, 53, and 55. A rider may be picked up and dropped off between scheduled stops all along the route, as long as there is a safe place for the bus to stop.

The file routes.txt is used to describe this service using the fields continuous_pickup and continuous_drop_off. The fields are set to 0 to indicate that continuous pickups and drop offs are permitted.


2,2,Bellows Falls In-Town,3,0,0
53,53,Bellows Falls / Battleboro Commuter,3,0,0
55,55,Bellows Falls / Springfield Shuttle,3,0,0

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Pickup and drop off on a section of the route

The transit agency Victor Valley Transit (Victorville, US-CA) applies a continuous-stop policy only on a part of route 22. A rider may board and get off the bus in any safe location within the County Fare zone only. Continuous pickups and drop offs are not possible within the Local Fare zone.

The Local Fare zone and the County Fare zone are separated by the Air Expressway as shown in the figure below. The scheduled stop National Trails Highway - Air Expressway is located slightly north of this boundary. To be accurate, the transit agency can add a stop at the actual intersection of the bus route with the boundary, from which the continuous pickup and drop-off is available. This stop may remain unscheduled.

This is described using the files stop.txt and stop_times.txt:

  • The first file defines the stops along the route
  • The second file defines the continuous pickup and drop off rules between the stops.


A,Victoriaville Transfer Station,34.514356,-117.318323
B,Dante St & Venus Ave,34.564499,-117.287097
C,Victorville Transportation Center,34.538433,-117.294703
X,Local/County Fare Boundary,34.566224,-117.318357
D,National Trails Highway - Air Expressway,34.567536,-117.319716
E,Oro Grande Post Office,34.599292,-117.334452
F,Silver Lakes Market,34.744662,-117.335407

In stop_times.txt, for a given trip:

  • A record with continuous_pickup=0 indicates that continuous pickups are permitted from that stop until the next stop
  • A record with continuous_pickup=1 indicates that continuous pickups are forbidden from that stop until the next stop



The same logic applies for the field continuous_drop_off but for the case of drop offs.

In the example above, the stops A, B, C have continuous_pickup and continuous_drop_off set to 1, which forbid continuous pickups and drop offs between them. The stops X, D, E, and F have the fields continuous_pickup and continuous_drop_off set to 0, which permits continuous pickups and drop offs between them.

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