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– Way stations historically provided facilities for resting or changing horses for stagecoaches.
– Passengers could have a simple meal and use restrooms at these stations.
– Basic overnight accommodations were occasionally available in remote locations.

Mass transit:
– Layovers in mass transit allow for recovery time in schedules.
– Reasons for layovers include recovering from delays and providing breaks for drivers.
– Layovers can be scheduled at timing points during trips for loading/unloading passengers.
– They prevent arriving at a timing point ahead of schedule.

Long-distance rail and bus:
– In long-distance travel, layovers are breaks between vehicles in multi-vehicle trips.
– Layovers may provide a break for the operator or crew change.
– Layovers can occur after finishing a route and waiting for the next vehicle.
– Many inter-city and international trips include layovers.

– In air travel, layovers or connections are short breaks between flights.
– Stopovers are longer breaks in flight itineraries.
– Maximum layover times vary depending on the itinerary.
– Layovers are generally cheaper than stopovers in air travel.

See also:
– Look up “layover” and “stopover” in Wiktionary for more information.
Bus terminus and transport hub are related to layovers.
– Stage stations are historical predecessors to modern layover points.

– Sacramento Regional Transit provides a transit glossary on layovers.
– discusses common scheduling problems related to layovers.
– Nicholas Kralev’s book “Decoding Air Travel” mentions layovers.
– International Air Transport Association offers a glossary of passenger terms.
– Airline Tariff Publishing Company provides a glossary of connection and stopover terms.

Layover (Wikipedia)

In scheduled transportation, a layover (also waypoint, way station, or connection) is a point where a vehicle stops, with passengers possibly changing vehicles. In public transit, this typically takes a few minutes at a trip terminal. For air travel, where layovers are longer, passengers will exit the vehicle and wait in the terminal, often to board another vehicle traveling elsewhere.

Layover for buses at LACMTA's Warner Center Transit Hub, Los Angeles

A stopover is a longer form of layover, allowing time to leave the transport system for sightseeing or overnight accommodation.

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