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What is bus rapid transit?

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  • VIDEO - Transit signal priority is an important element of BRT system since it can reduce delay created by traffic signals. Transit signal priority is different than transit signal preemption that is available to emergency vehicles. Transit signal priority does not guarantee a green light for transit, but would hold the green for a few seconds longer if a bus is approaching the signal. If done carefully, transit signal priority will have minimal impact on overall traffic delay and is often not even noticed by auto drivers.
  • Transit signal priority is an important element of BRT system since it can reduce delay created by traffic signals. Transit signal priority is different than transit signal preemption that is available to emergency vehicles. Transit signal priority does not guarantee a green light for transit, but would hold the green for a few seconds longer if a bus is approaching the signal. If done carefully, transit signal priority will have minimal impact on overall traffic delay and is often not even noticed by auto drivers.
  • Real-time passenger information tells passengers waiting at stops and stations how long before the next bus is arriving. This information is based on the actual location of the bus (using GPS or other similar vehicle locator system) and an estimate of travel time to reach the stop from that location. Studies have shown that this type of information is very helpful to riders and encourages ridership.
  • On most buses fares are paid upon entering the front door of the bus. Many BRT systems have adopted the light rail approach to fares that requires riders to purchase their fare before entering the vehicle. This allows passengers to board any door and greatly reduces the time spent at stops and stations. Fare checkers randomly check passengers to verify fare payment.
  • Points:Service started in 200917 mile corridor between Everett and Shorelines (north of Seattle)7 miles as BAT lanes; 10 miles in mixed trafficTransit signal priorityRaised station platformsOff-board fare collectionStations 1-2 miles apart; local service retainedUnique, branded vehiclesRidership exceeding projections.
  • Points:FeaturesCombination of mixed traffic and exclusive lanesTransit signal priorityOff-board fare collectionRaised passenger platformsUnique vehicles (doors on both sides)EmX replaced previous serviceStations about 1/3 mile apartTwo lines in operationFranklin corridor opened 2007First BRT corridor in communityAbout 60% of line uses transit lanesFirst year ridership exceeded 20-year projectionGateway corridor opened 2011About 70 percent of corridor uses transit lanesMeeting ridership projectionsSeveral additional corridors plannedWest Eugene expected to open in 2017Additional corridor every 4-6 years
  • Six lines planned; one in operationPacific Highway South opened October 201011 miles; 26 stations Replaced existing serviceRidership increased 1,500 boardings per dayReduced travel time by 30 percentUses HOV lanesOff-Board fare collection (for pass holders)Transit Signal priorityReal Time Passenger InformationSlogan: New. Easy. Frequent
  • Points:Service started in 20087 mile line with stations about every ¼ mileReplaced existing serviceRidership up 47%There has been $4.3 billion of investment along the corridorFeaturesExclusive median lanes along about half the routeTransit signal priorityRaised station platformsOff-board fare collectionUnique vehicles with doors on both sides
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    • 1. Fourth Plain Transit Improvement Project
      What is Bus Rapid Transit?
      Draft 8/5/2011
    • 2. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)is a different kind of bus
    • 3. FEATURING…
      FASTER ROUTES, REDUCED TRAVEL TIME
    • 4. FEATURING…
      MORE RELIABLE, PREDICTABLE SERVICE
    • 5. FEATURING…
      BRANDED, MODERN VEHICLES AND STATIONS
    • 6. BRT is …
      Attractive, more efficient transit service to meet ridership demand
    • 7. What makes BRT different?
      RUNNING WAYS
      VEHICLES
      STATIONS
      TECHNOLOGY
    • 8. METRO RAPID, LOS ANGELES
      BRT CAN OPERATE IN MIXED TRAFFIC LIKE REGULAR BUS …
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 9. ORANGE LINE, LOS ANGELES
      … IN TRANSIT ONLY LANES
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 10. EVERETT, WA
      EUGENE, OR
      … IN SHARED BUS AND TURN ONLY LANES TO ALLOW ACCESS
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 11. EMX, EUGENE
      IN REVERSIBLE LANES THAT EFFICIENTLY USE LIMITED SPACE
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 12. EMX, EUGENE
      … OR IN EXCLUSIVE LANES WITH LANDSCAPING
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 13. QUITO, ECUADOR
      … OR WITH SAFETY BARRIERS
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 14. ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      IN SOME CASES, BRT CAN ALSO USE FIXED GUIDEWAYS
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 15. Vehicles
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 16. METRO - LOS ANGELES
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      BRT CAN USE ATTRACTIVE, MODERN DESIGNS
    • 17. SWIFT – EVERETT, WA
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      WITH LOW FLOORS FOR BIKES AND WHEELCHAIRS
    • 18. MAX – KANSAS CITY
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      … DISTINCT BRANDING
    • 19. EmX– EUGENE
      RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      … AND HYBRID-ELECTRIC ENGINES
    • 20. RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      Stations
      RUNNING WAYS
      VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 21. MAX – LAS VEGAS
      VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      ARE DESIGNED FOR COMFORT, SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
    • 22. EmX - EUGENE
      VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      CAN USE RAISED PLATFORMS TO REDUCE BOARDING TIME
    • 23. EmX - EUGENE
      VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      … AND LEVEL BOARDING TO IMPROVE ACCESIBILITY
    • 24. EmX - EUGENE
      VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      BRT MAY USE MEDIAN STATIONS …
    • 25. SWIFT - EVERETT
      VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS
      … OR CURBSIDE STATIONS
    • 26. Technology
      RUNNING WAYS
      VEHICLES
      STATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      RUNNING WAYS
      VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY
    • 27. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      QUEUE JUMPS REDUCE DELAYS
    • 28. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      SIGNAL PRIORITY REDUCES WAITING
    • 29. PORTLAND, OR
      STATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      REAL TIME INFORMATION HELPS RIDERS
    • 30. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY
      AND OFF-BOARD FARE MACHINES MAKE BOARDING FASTER
    • 31. Case Study:Swift – Everett, Washington
      17 Mile Corridor
      Stations 1-2 Miles Apart
      Opened 2009
    • 32. SWIFT
      7 MILES OF BUSINESS ACCESS/TRANSIT LANES
      10 MILES IN MIXED TRAFFIC
      RETAINED LOCAL SERVICE
      OFF-BOARD FARE, STATION ART
      UNIQUE, BRANDED VEHICLES
      RAISED STATIONS, LEVEL BOARDING
    • 33. FEATURES
      SWIFT
      RIDERSHIP IS CURRENTLY EXCEEDING PROJECTIONS
    • 34. Case Study:EmX – Eugene, Oregon
      Two Corridors, 10 Miles
      Stations 1/3 Miles Apart
      Opened 2007, 2011
    • 35. EMX
      REPLACED PRIOR SERVICE
      OPERATES IN MIXED TRAFFIC AND EXCLUSIVE LANES
      RIDERSHIP DOUBLED IN FIRST YEAR
      TRANSIT SIGNAL PRIORITY
    • 36. Case Study:Rapid Ride – Seattle, WA
      11 Mile Corridor
      26 Stations
      Opened 2010
    • 37. FEATURES
      RAPID RIDE
      REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE
    • 38. FEATURES
      RAPID RIDE
      RIDERSHIP  BY 1,500 BOARDINGS PER DAY
    • 39. FEATURES
      RAPID RIDE
      TRAVEL TIME REDUCED BY 30%
    • 40. FEATURES
      RAPID RIDE
      SIX LINES PLANNED
    • 41. Case Study:Healthline – Cleveland, Ohio
      7 Mile Corridor
      Stations ¼ Mile Apart
      Opened 2008
    • 42. FEATURES
      HEALTHLINE
      REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE
    • 43. FEATURES
      HEALTHLINE
      RIDERSHIP UP 47%
      CLEVELAND SOLD NAMING RIGHTS TO BRT LINE
    • 44. FEATURES
      HEALTHLINE
      $4.3 BILLION IN NEW PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT
    • 45. Possible BRT Alignment:Fourth Plain, Vancouver
      Planning begins 2011
    • 46. FEATURES
      WHY FOURTH PLAIN?
      MAJOR EAST-WEST URBAN ARTERIAL
    • 47. FEATURES
      WHY FOURTH PLAIN?
      HIGH TRANSIT RIDERSHIP
    • 48. Why Fourth Plain?
      • Surrounded by high density neighborhoods and intensive commercial corridor
      • 49. Redevelopment opportunities throughout the corridor
    • Current Conditions
      • Transit ridership is increasing
      • 50. Travel times are getting longer and more unpredictable
      • 51. Current service is often late
      • 52. Vehicle and personal safety and security are a concern for riders , residents and businesses
      • 53. Conditions are likely to get worse over time
    • BRT can help…
      • Reduce transit travel time
      • 54. Make service more reliable
      • 55. Control operating costs
      • 56. Increase transit capacity
      • 57. Improve transit connections
      • 58. Improve safety and security
      • 59. Support revitalization efforts
    • Outreach Process
      Alternatives Analysiswe are here
      Develop Project Goals and Objectives
      Evaluate Alternatives
      Select Locally Preferred Alternative
      Environmental Study (as required by federal law)
      Federal Funding and Potential Ballot Measure
      Design and Construction
      There will be extensive opportunities for public participation at all key steps and decision points
    • 60. Learn more
      Online:
      www.c-tran.com/brt,
      Find us on Facebook
      Or call:(360) 906-7318

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