The methods by which trains are notified that there are passengers waiting to be picked up at a request stop vary by station and country:
In the United Kingdom, most request stop stations require that the guard is informed by passengers wishing to stop at the station and that passengers waiting to catch the train merely make themselves clearly visible to the driver as the train approaches at a speed slow enough to stop if necessary. In some cases the station platform is observable by railway staff either near the station (e.g. in the signal box at Kidwelly railway station) or at the station itself. In these latter cases the staff may inform the driver in advance so that there is no need for the train to slow down unnecessarily when no passengers are waiting.
On two of the Alaska Railroad routes, passengers may flag trains nearly any place along the route.
Passengers wishing to board the bus at a request stop do so by hailing it with an extended arm as it approaches. Passengers wishing to leave the bus indicate this by using the stop bell or buzzer. Outside of urban areas where there are fewer overlapping routes, it is common for almost all bus stops to be request stops.
Request stops and mandatatory stops have different signs in London. Mandatory stops have the TfL roundel symbol in red on white while request stops have it in white on red, as well as the word "Request".
The second type of request stop is also used in the UK, although it is not very common. It is normally referred to as "Hail and Ride". Passengers signal the driver in the same way as for a fixed request stop anywhere along the route of the bus, regardless of whether there is a fixed stop.
Some bus companies may choose to adopt variations of the above two principal services. For example, in Metro Vancouver, people using TransLink at night can ask a bus driver to drop them off, but can not flag or request a bus driver to pick them up, even if they are in a safe boarding area. In Strathcona County, near Edmonton, Alberta, passengers can use a "dial-a-bus" service by dialing a dispatcher one hour in advance of their journey and telling the dispatcher their name and location. The dispatcher will then tell the next available bus to go to that location and will also tell the requesting person the next bus that will pick them up.
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