Fourth Plain Transit Improvement Project<br />What is Bus Rapid Transit?<br />Draft 8/5/2011<br />
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)is a different kind of bus<br />
FEATURING…<br />FASTER ROUTES, REDUCED TRAVEL TIME<br />
FEATURING…<br />MORE RELIABLE, PREDICTABLE SERVICE<br />
FEATURING…<br />BRANDED, MODERN VEHICLES AND STATIONS<br />
BRT is …<br />Attractive, more efficient transit service to meet ridership demand<br />
What makes BRT different?<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLES<br />STATIONS<br />TECHNOLOGY<br />
METRO RAPID, LOS ANGELES<br />BRT CAN OPERATE IN MIXED TRAFFIC LIKE REGULAR BUS …<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOL...
ORANGE LINE, LOS ANGELES<br />… IN TRANSIT ONLY LANES<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
EVERETT, WA<br />EUGENE, OR<br />… IN SHARED BUS AND TURN ONLY LANES TO ALLOW ACCESS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECH...
EMX, EUGENE<br />IN REVERSIBLE LANES THAT EFFICIENTLY USE LIMITED SPACE<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
EMX, EUGENE<br />… OR IN EXCLUSIVE LANES WITH LANDSCAPING<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
QUITO, ECUADOR<br />… OR WITH SAFETY BARRIERS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA<br />ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA<br />IN SOME CASES, BRT CAN ALSO USE FIXED GUIDEWAYS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLE...
Vehicles<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
METRO - LOS ANGELES<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />BRT CAN USE ATTRACTIVE, MODERN DESIGNS<br />
SWIFT – EVERETT, WA<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />WITH LOW FLOORS FOR BIKES AND WHEELCHAIRS<br />
MAX – KANSAS CITY<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… DISTINCT BRANDING<br />
EmX– EUGENE<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… AND HYBRID-ELECTRIC ENGINES<br />
RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />Stations<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
MAX – LAS VEGAS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />ARE DESIGNED FOR COMFORT, SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE<br />
EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />CAN USE RAISED PLATFORMS TO REDUCE BOARDING TIME<br />
EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />… AND LEVEL BOARDING TO IMPROVE ACCESIBILITY<br />
EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />BRT MAY USE MEDIAN STATIONS …<br />
SWIFT - EVERETT<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… OR CURBSIDE STATIONS<br />
Technology<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLES<br />STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />QUEUE JUMPS REDUCE DELAYS<br />
STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />SIGNAL PRIORITY REDUCES WAITING<br />
PORTLAND, OR<br />STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />REAL TIME INFORMATION HELPS RIDERS<br />
STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />AND OFF-BOARD FARE MACHINES MAKE BOARDING FASTER<br />
Case Study:Swift – Everett, Washington<br />17 Mile Corridor<br />Stations 1-2 Miles Apart<br />Opened 2009<br />
SWIFT<br />7 MILES OF BUSINESS ACCESS/TRANSIT LANES<br />10 MILES IN MIXED TRAFFIC<br />RETAINED LOCAL SERVICE<br />OFF-BO...
FEATURES<br />SWIFT<br />RIDERSHIP IS CURRENTLY EXCEEDING PROJECTIONS<br />
Case Study:EmX – Eugene, Oregon<br />Two Corridors, 10 Miles<br />Stations 1/3 Miles Apart<br />Opened 2007, 2011<br />
EMX<br />REPLACED PRIOR SERVICE<br />OPERATES IN MIXED TRAFFIC AND EXCLUSIVE LANES<br />RIDERSHIP DOUBLED IN FIRST YEAR<br...
Case Study:Rapid Ride – Seattle, WA<br />11 Mile Corridor<br />26 Stations<br />Opened 2010<br />
FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE<br />
FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />RIDERSHIP  BY 1,500 BOARDINGS PER DAY<br />
FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />TRAVEL TIME REDUCED BY 30% <br />
FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />SIX LINES PLANNED<br />
Case Study:Healthline – Cleveland, Ohio<br />7 Mile Corridor<br />Stations ¼ Mile Apart<br />Opened 2008<br />
FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE<br />
FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />RIDERSHIP UP 47%<br />CLEVELAND SOLD NAMING RIGHTS TO BRT LINE<br />
FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />$4.3 BILLION IN NEW PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT<br />
Possible BRT Alignment:Fourth Plain, Vancouver<br />Planning begins 2011<br />
FEATURES<br />WHY FOURTH PLAIN?<br />MAJOR EAST-WEST URBAN ARTERIAL <br />
FEATURES<br />WHY FOURTH PLAIN?<br />HIGH TRANSIT RIDERSHIP<br />
Why Fourth Plain?<br /><ul><li>Surrounded by high density neighborhoods and intensive commercial corridor
Redevelopment opportunities  throughout the corridor</li></li></ul><li>Current Conditions<br /><ul><li>Transit ridership i...
Travel times are getting longer and more unpredictable
Current service is often late
Vehicle and personal safety and security are a concern for riders , residents  and businesses
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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
  • What is bus rapid transit?

    1. 1. Fourth Plain Transit Improvement Project<br />What is Bus Rapid Transit?<br />Draft 8/5/2011<br />
    2. 2. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)is a different kind of bus<br />
    3. 3. FEATURING…<br />FASTER ROUTES, REDUCED TRAVEL TIME<br />
    4. 4. FEATURING…<br />MORE RELIABLE, PREDICTABLE SERVICE<br />
    5. 5. FEATURING…<br />BRANDED, MODERN VEHICLES AND STATIONS<br />
    6. 6. BRT is …<br />Attractive, more efficient transit service to meet ridership demand<br />
    7. 7. What makes BRT different?<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLES<br />STATIONS<br />TECHNOLOGY<br />
    8. 8. METRO RAPID, LOS ANGELES<br />BRT CAN OPERATE IN MIXED TRAFFIC LIKE REGULAR BUS …<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    9. 9. ORANGE LINE, LOS ANGELES<br />… IN TRANSIT ONLY LANES<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    10. 10. EVERETT, WA<br />EUGENE, OR<br />… IN SHARED BUS AND TURN ONLY LANES TO ALLOW ACCESS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    11. 11. EMX, EUGENE<br />IN REVERSIBLE LANES THAT EFFICIENTLY USE LIMITED SPACE<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    12. 12. EMX, EUGENE<br />… OR IN EXCLUSIVE LANES WITH LANDSCAPING<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    13. 13. QUITO, ECUADOR<br />… OR WITH SAFETY BARRIERS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    14. 14. ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA<br />ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA<br />IN SOME CASES, BRT CAN ALSO USE FIXED GUIDEWAYS<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    15. 15. Vehicles<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    16. 16. METRO - LOS ANGELES<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />BRT CAN USE ATTRACTIVE, MODERN DESIGNS<br />
    17. 17. SWIFT – EVERETT, WA<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />WITH LOW FLOORS FOR BIKES AND WHEELCHAIRS<br />
    18. 18. MAX – KANSAS CITY<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… DISTINCT BRANDING<br />
    19. 19. EmX– EUGENE<br />RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… AND HYBRID-ELECTRIC ENGINES<br />
    20. 20. RUNNING WAYSVEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />Stations<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    21. 21. MAX – LAS VEGAS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />ARE DESIGNED FOR COMFORT, SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE<br />
    22. 22. EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />CAN USE RAISED PLATFORMS TO REDUCE BOARDING TIME<br />
    23. 23. EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />… AND LEVEL BOARDING TO IMPROVE ACCESIBILITY<br />
    24. 24. EmX - EUGENE<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />BRT MAY USE MEDIAN STATIONS …<br />
    25. 25. SWIFT - EVERETT<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSSYSTEMS<br />… OR CURBSIDE STATIONS<br />
    26. 26. Technology<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLES<br />STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />RUNNING WAYS<br />VEHICLESSTATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />
    27. 27. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />QUEUE JUMPS REDUCE DELAYS<br />
    28. 28. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />SIGNAL PRIORITY REDUCES WAITING<br />
    29. 29. PORTLAND, OR<br />STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />REAL TIME INFORMATION HELPS RIDERS<br />
    30. 30. STATIONSTECHNOLOGY<br />AND OFF-BOARD FARE MACHINES MAKE BOARDING FASTER<br />
    31. 31. Case Study:Swift – Everett, Washington<br />17 Mile Corridor<br />Stations 1-2 Miles Apart<br />Opened 2009<br />
    32. 32. SWIFT<br />7 MILES OF BUSINESS ACCESS/TRANSIT LANES<br />10 MILES IN MIXED TRAFFIC<br />RETAINED LOCAL SERVICE<br />OFF-BOARD FARE, STATION ART<br />UNIQUE, BRANDED VEHICLES<br />RAISED STATIONS, LEVEL BOARDING<br />
    33. 33. FEATURES<br />SWIFT<br />RIDERSHIP IS CURRENTLY EXCEEDING PROJECTIONS<br />
    34. 34. Case Study:EmX – Eugene, Oregon<br />Two Corridors, 10 Miles<br />Stations 1/3 Miles Apart<br />Opened 2007, 2011<br />
    35. 35. EMX<br />REPLACED PRIOR SERVICE<br />OPERATES IN MIXED TRAFFIC AND EXCLUSIVE LANES<br />RIDERSHIP DOUBLED IN FIRST YEAR<br />TRANSIT SIGNAL PRIORITY<br />
    36. 36. Case Study:Rapid Ride – Seattle, WA<br />11 Mile Corridor<br />26 Stations<br />Opened 2010<br />
    37. 37. FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE<br />
    38. 38. FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />RIDERSHIP  BY 1,500 BOARDINGS PER DAY<br />
    39. 39. FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />TRAVEL TIME REDUCED BY 30% <br />
    40. 40. FEATURES<br />RAPID RIDE<br />SIX LINES PLANNED<br />
    41. 41. Case Study:Healthline – Cleveland, Ohio<br />7 Mile Corridor<br />Stations ¼ Mile Apart<br />Opened 2008<br />
    42. 42. FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />REPLACED EXISTING SERVICE<br />
    43. 43. FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />RIDERSHIP UP 47%<br />CLEVELAND SOLD NAMING RIGHTS TO BRT LINE<br />
    44. 44. FEATURES<br />HEALTHLINE<br />$4.3 BILLION IN NEW PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT<br />
    45. 45. Possible BRT Alignment:Fourth Plain, Vancouver<br />Planning begins 2011<br />
    46. 46. FEATURES<br />WHY FOURTH PLAIN?<br />MAJOR EAST-WEST URBAN ARTERIAL <br />
    47. 47. FEATURES<br />WHY FOURTH PLAIN?<br />HIGH TRANSIT RIDERSHIP<br />
    48. 48. Why Fourth Plain?<br /><ul><li>Surrounded by high density neighborhoods and intensive commercial corridor
    49. 49. Redevelopment opportunities throughout the corridor</li></li></ul><li>Current Conditions<br /><ul><li>Transit ridership is increasing
    50. 50. Travel times are getting longer and more unpredictable
    51. 51. Current service is often late
    52. 52. Vehicle and personal safety and security are a concern for riders , residents and businesses
    53. 53. Conditions are likely to get worse over time</li></li></ul><li>BRT can help…<br /><ul><li>Reduce transit travel time
    54. 54. Make service more reliable
    55. 55. Control operating costs
    56. 56. Increase transit capacity
    57. 57. Improve transit connections
    58. 58. Improve safety and security
    59. 59. Support revitalization efforts</li></li></ul><li>Outreach Process<br />Alternatives Analysiswe are here<br />Develop Project Goals and Objectives<br />Evaluate Alternatives<br />Select Locally Preferred Alternative<br />Environmental Study (as required by federal law)<br />Federal Funding and Potential Ballot Measure<br />Design and Construction<br />There will be extensive opportunities for public participation at all key steps and decision points<br />
    60. 60. Learn more <br />Online: <br />www.c-tran.com/brt, <br /> Find us on Facebook<br />Or call:(360) 906-7318<br />

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