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BRT 101: Design, Operations and Economic Impact by Andrew Guthrie

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Bus rapid transit (BRT) adds an intermediate mode to your transit portfolio. By combining good design, efficient operations and appropriate policies, BRT can support good urban development. How does BRT create better value than fixed-route service? How can you use BRT in existing and planned transit systems? Learn about different types of BRT, including design, operations and economic impact. Which will create the most value for your community? How can you build the right BRT to create a corridor of communities? How can you best leverage your BRT investment?. Go deep with experienced BRT experts.

Moderator: Vicky Smith, Transit Engineering Manager, Oregon Region, David Evans and Associates, Inc, Portland, Oregon
James McGrath, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, Urban Designer, CH2M, Portland, Oregon
Christina Morrison, Senior Planner, BRT/Small Starts Project Office, Metro Transit, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Andrew Guthrie, Research Fellow, Regional Planning and Policy Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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BRT 101: Design, Operations and Economic Impact by Andrew Guthrie

  1. 1. CREATING VALUE THROUGH BRT Christina Morrison Metro Transit, Minneapolis - Saint Paul
  2. 2. LIKE RAIL, MANY APPLICATIONS OF BRT COMMUTER RAIL, MINNEAPOLIS LIGHT RAIL, MINNEAPOLIS STREETCAR, SAN FRANCISCO HIGHWAY BRT, MINNEAPOLIS DEDICATED GUIDEWAY BRT, LOS ANGELES ARTERIAL BRT, SEATTLE
  3. 3. COMFORTABLE & DIGNIFIED EXPERIENCE A LINE BRT SHELTER CONCEPT, SAINT PAUL • Substantial shelter foundations to the ground protect from wind, rain, and snow • On-demand heat and light • Off-board ticketing for convenience: coins, bills, cards • Prominent street presence – make transit riders visibleVIPs • Safety features for all users, e.g. tactile warning strip • Real-time info is a must • Great: on smartphones • Better: on platform • Best: integrated into buildings PLATFORM REAL-TIME INFO, MINNEAPOLIS
  4. 4. SAME EXPERIENCE: EVERY PERSON, EVERY DAY ROLLING PEDESTRIANS ON GREEN LINE LRT, SAINT PAUL LEVEL BOARDING ON RED LINE BRT, EAGAN, MN Do your customers use a • Wheelchair? • Mobility device? • Stroller? • Bicycle? BRT has the ability to create predictable and reliable trips, especially for “rolling pedestrians”
  5. 5. SELLING PROXIMITY TO TRANSIT Where would you rather live? Places accessed by transit in MSP in 30 minutes or less Downtown condo Suburban condo Frequent and reliable transit greatly expands access and saves you time
  6. 6. BRT CULTURE CHANGES • BRT, like the train, waits for no one • Pay before you board: platform fare collection with on-board inspectors • In reducing travel times, every second counts: placement of stations, use of signal priority • Reduce weaving and delay by letting BRT stop in the traffic lane • Use high (9” curb) or level boarding to reduce step height and bus kneeling EMX BRT, EUGENE, OR
  7. 7. BRAND IT LIKEYOU MEAN IT GREEN LINE MARKETING, SAINT PAUL • Tap into existing neighborhood identity • All day service creates a sense of community • If you’re not on transit, you’re missing all the fun

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