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Bus Rapid Transit Performance in Ft. Worth, Nashville, Kansas City and Albuquerque.

Bus Rapid Transit Performance in Ft. Worth, Nashville, Kansas City and Albuquerque.

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  • 75% of BRT lines had ridership less than 10,000/day 31% had ridership of less than 5,000/day

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  • 1. Steering CommitteePeoria/Riverside Transit Study February 15, 2013
  • 2. Agenda1. Recap of 1/22 Meeting2. Performance of BRT Systems in mid-size U.S. Cities3. Definitions of Alternatives4. Evaluation Results5. Preferred Alternative6. Next Steps2/19/2013 2
  • 3. Performance of Bus RapidTransit Systems in the U.S. Peoria Alternatives Analysis Steering Committee February 15, 2013 James Wagner, AICP Transportation Projects Coordinator INCOG
  • 4. Performance & Experience ofBRT Systems in the U.S. U.S. GAO Report 12-811 (July 2012) o FTA Funding of BRT vs. Light Rail since 2005 o Economic Development Factors o Performance after 1 year o Travel time savings Comparing Performance From 4 Systems o Kansas City MAX o Albuquerque Rapid Ride o Ft. Worth SPUR o Nashville Gallatin Road BRT Estimates for Tulsa
  • 5. U.S. GAO Report 12-811Completed July 2012Median Cost Light Rail: $575 Million Bus Rapid Transit: $36 Million30 of 55 Federally-funded transit projectssince 2005 have been BRTEconomic Development Factors:• Physical features (stations) on the route that convey a sense of permanence• Major institutional, employment, and activity centers• Transit-supportive land use policy
  • 6. Bus Rapid Transit Performance after 1year 80% 70% 70% 70% 68% 49% 38% 21% 17% 10% 9% 9% 4%Source: GAO Report 12-811: Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to EconomicDevelopment, July 2012
  • 7. Travel Time SavingsSource: GAO Report 12-811: Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to EconomicDevelopment, July 2012
  • 8. BRT vs. Rail (1st Year Ridership)Source: GAO Report 12-811: BusRapid Transit: Projects Improve TransitService and Can Contribute toEconomic Development, July 2012
  • 9. Comparison Systems & Cities Kansas City MAX (2005) Albuquerque Rapid Ride (2005) Ft. Worth SPUR (2010) Nashville Gallatin Road BRT (2009)
  • 10. MAX Bus Rapid Transit – KansasCity
  • 11. MAX Bus Rapid Transit – KansasCity
  • 12. MAX Bus Rapid Transit Kansas City Underlying Local Service: No Operating Peak: 9 min 2004 (before BRT) Frequency Off Peak: 15 min Ridership: 3,622 Evening: 30 min Service Hrs: 131 Hour Span 5am – 1am 2011 (after BRT) Ridership: 5,483 ( 51%) Saturday Yes (15 min.) Service Hrs: 201 ( 53%) Sunday Yes (30 min.) 20% travel time reduction Fare $1.50 (regular fare) 23% of riders new to transit Length 8.2 miles Cost $21 Million Operating 2005 start yearSource: J. Gulbranson, Kansas City Area Transit Authority, 24 Jan 2013
  • 13. Rapid Ride - Albuquerque
  • 14. Albuquerque Rapid Ride | Red and GreenRed Rapid Green Rapid Route 66 (local): 10 min. weekdayRoute Red Route: 16 min. weekdayFrequency Green Route: 16 min. weekday
  • 15. Rapid Ride - AlbuquerqueSource: Blaich, J., ABQ Ride. 8 Feb 2013
  • 16. Rapid Ride - Albuquerque Underlying Local Service: Yes Service Hours Operating Local: 10 min Year Rt. 66 Red Route + % Frequency BRT: 16 min (weekday) (local Green Route + Change 11 min. with Green only) Route 66 & Red combined 2004 166 N/A N/A Hour Span 5:30am – Midnight 2012 137 281 69% (84 – Red) Saturday Yes (22 min) (60 – Green) Sunday Yes (22 min) Ridership Fare $1.00 (regular fare) Year Rt. 66 Red Route + % Length 11 miles (local Green Route + Change only) Route 66 Operating 2005 2004 6,700 N/A N/A start year 2012 7,750 14,950 123% (4,170 – Red) (3,030 – Green)Source: Blaich, J., ABQ Ride. 8 Feb 2013
  • 17. Gallatin Rd. BRT - Nashville
  • 18. Gallatin Rd. BRT - Nashville Underlying Local Service: Yes Operating Local: 30-60 min 2008 (before BRT) 2012 (after BRT) Frequency BRT: 15 min until 6pm Ridership: 4,089 Ridership: 5,245 30 min after 6pm ( 28%) Hour Span 5am – 12pm Frequency Local Service Saturday Yes (30 min.) BRT Before BRT After BRT Sunday Local service only Peak 15 min 30 min 15 min Fare $1.60 (regular fare) Mid-Day 20 min 60 min 15 min Length 12 miles Evening 30 min 60 min 30 min Operating 2009 Saturday 60 min 60 min 30 min Sunday 60 min 50 min No Sun. Serv. start yearSource: Smith, C. Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, 6 Feb 2013
  • 19. SPUR – Ft. WorthSource: Dupler, P. Ft. Worth Transit Authority “The T” 29 January 2013
  • 20. SPUR – Ft. Worth Underlying Local Service: No Operating Local: None* Route Frequency Frequency BRT: 15 min until 7pm 2009: 15 min. 30 min after 7pm 2012: 15 min. Hour Span 5:00am – 1:30pm Daily Ridership Saturday Yes (30 min.) 2009: 3,600 Sunday Yes (60 min.) 2011: 3,900( 8%) 2012: 4,300 ( 19%) Fare $1.75 (regular fare) Length 7 miles Operating 2010 start year *no local service on ¾ of the routeSource: Dupler, P. Ft. Worth Transit Authority “The T” 29 January 2013
  • 21. Peoria Rapid – TulsaOperating BRT: 2015 (year before open)Frequency 15 min. peak Ridership: 2,144 20 min. off-peak Service Hours: 63Hour Span 5:30am – 8:30pm Service Hours: 142Saturday 30 min ( 125%)Sunday No service 2016 Ridership: 2,322 ( 8.3%) (KC MAX)Fare $1.50 (regular fare) 2023 Ridership: 4,780Length 15 miles ( 10.9% annually) ( 123% over 7 years)Cost $16 Million (ABQ Rapid Ride)Operating 2016start year
  • 22. Ridership & Productivity 2013-2023 Ridership Estimates - Peoria Corridor 6,000 50.00 45.00 5,000 40.00 4,780 35.00 Riders Per Hour (Weekday) 4,000 4,312Ridership (Weekday) 3,889 30.00 3,508 3,000 3,164 25.00 2,854 2,574 20.00 2,000 2,322 System-Wide 2,022 2,144 15.00 Riders/Hour: 1,908 Opening Year 17.5 10.00 1,000 System-Wide Riders 5.00 per Hour - - 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Ridership Riders per Hour Estimates based on experience with Kansas City MAX and Albuquerque Rapid Ride after 7 years of service and similar revenue hours increases
  • 23. Sources:Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute toEconomic Development. U.S. Government Accountability Office. GAOReport GAO-12-811. July 2012. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-811Performance and Lessons from the Implementation of BRT in the UnitedStates. Darido, G., Diaz, R., Kim, E., Schimek, P. Transportation ResearchBoard Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2007.BRT Update. Kaiser, K. Mass Transit. April/May 2011.J. Gulbranson, Kansas City Area Transit Authority, 24 Jan 2013Dupler, P. Ft. Worth Transit Authority “The T” 29 January 2013Blaich, J., ABQ Ride. 8 Feb 2013