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A Question About "Bus Following"

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Here in Tucson, I've seen buses on routes 8 Broadway-6th Avenue and 4 Speedway that read "BUS FOLLOWING". They stop only on a stop requested and beyond the bus stop area. I've been on a route 8 that became a "BUS FOLLOWING".

 

The bus that follows is generally two to five minutes behiind. On weekedays the #8 has ten minute headways and the #4 has ten to fifteen minute headways.

 

My question is: Is the bus with "BUS FOLLOWING" kind of on a "battery run" to attempt to make up time or to keep a minimal spacing between buses?

 

So far, on the #8, it appears to be a Novabus followed by a Gillig while on the #4 a Novabus followed by a Novabus. My #8 did make my stop requested stop the day I was on it.

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It's for both reasons.

 

Note that most systems use "NEXT BUS PLEASE". First time I've ever heard of "Bus following".

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