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RV 2014: Looks like a BRT. Must be a BRT. Or is it?


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Looks like a BRT. Must be a BRT. Or is it?

Bus rapid transit, or BRT, is a growing mode of choice given its flexibility and lower capital cost compared to rail alternatives. But what does a BRT need to look like to qualify for FTA funding? What are the major considerations for BRT design when it comes to serving your community? How can you tailor your BRT to a specific corridor? Hear up-to-date information on the current FTA definition of BRT and how it impacts potential funding for BRT projects. Then listen to three practitioners who've planned and defined their BRT projects to meet both their funding goals and the needs of their communities.

Moderator: Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Rick Kiegel, Project Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, Maryland
Katie Roth, AICP, Senior Planner, Metro Transit, BRT/Small Starts Project Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota
John Myers, PE, Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana
Jeffrey F. Boothe, Chair, New Starts Working; Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC

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RV 2014: Looks like a BRT. Must be a BRT. Or is it?

  1. 1. 1 The Right Tools for the Problem: Arterial BRT in the Twin Cities Katie Roth, AICP Metro Transit September 22, 2014 Rail~Volution
  2. 2. 2 Define the problem Use the right tools to solve the problem Defend the solution & overcome challenges 2
  3. 3. 3 12 Workhorse Corridors • Core frequent service network • 90,000 daily rides • Growing urban neighborhoods • Speed & reliability challenges • Transit market growth potential
  4. 4. 4 • 10 miles, Rosedale to METRO Blue Line 46th Street Station • 20 stations, roughly 1/2 mile apart • Frequent service: A Line every 10 minutes + Local underlay every 30 minutes • Fast: 27% faster than local bus • 4,000 current daily rides, 9,000 by 2030 with A Line First Line Coming in 2015 ROSEVILLE FALCON HEIGHTS SAINT PAUL MINNEAPOLIS
  5. 5. Define the problem 5 42% Moving 32% Boarding 23% Red Light Frequent, long stops & red light delays hamper service speed. Traffic delays make up just 3% of travel time. Buses are moving less than half the time.
  6. 6. Define the problem 6 Inadequate bus facilities belie service quality.
  7. 7. 7 Critical Tool: 100% Off-Board Fare Payment St. Paul Pioneer Press
  8. 8. 8 Critical Tool: Bumpouts for Speed & Space 6’ clear zone for snow clearance & all-door boarding 5’ shelter depth Unobstructed sidewalk Bus stops in travel lane
  9. 9. 9 Critical Tool: Scalable, High-Amenity Stations 9 Visible Branding Station Name Real-Time “Next Bus” Information Roof-Mounted Heaters & Lights Destination Sign Ticket machines & Fare validator Security Cameras Detectable warning edge 4’ Clear Zone Information & Maps Foundation Wall Near-level platform height Emergency Phone
  10. 10. 10 Building more, faster, for less…but how? 10 $450 million System of 4 LRT lines: $4+ billion System of 12 arterial BRT lines: FFGA FFGA FFGA FFGA ????
  11. 11. 11 State Bonds (One-Time) Challenge: Filling in the gaps • Stable, dedicated source critical to system buildout Federal CMAQ (One- Time) Federal Formula Funds Local Funds State Competitive (One-Time) Trunk Highway Bonds Fleet TSP Stations Technology Design & Soft Costs State Appropriation (One-Time) $25 Million Total A Line Project Cost
  12. 12. Challenge: Is it or isn’t it? 12
  13. 13. A toolbox, not a package. 13 Fast Frequent Reliable Comfortable Predictable THE RIGHT TOOLS
  14. 14. Contact 14 More information: Katie Roth, AICP