Paper by RUEDA from ISCR 11th 2010 Seville Spain
A great number of cities, looking for a sustainable and attractive urban transport regarding speed, reliability and service quality, are promoting public transport on dedicated lanes, either with railway systems or with buses. Due to their versatility and lower construction and operating costs, buses become more interesting than railway systems. Infrastructure for reserved platforms for buses consists of a pavement subjected to an intense traffic of regular or articulated heavy vehicles. These vehicles may use an optical guiding system, which forces buses to circulate always over the same track with the subsequent increment of the pavement damage. For this reason, concrete pavements arise as the most adequate solution due to its rigidity and durability and also due to its lower maintenance costs, which reduces the inconveniences caused to users by maintenance works.