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CATCHING THE NEXT RIDE - THE POTENTIAL FOR REGIONAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS



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NYUWagner NYU Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service 295 Lafayette Street 2nd Floor New York NY 10012 phone 212 998 7545 fax 212 995 4611 www wagner nyu edu rudincenter Anthony Shorris Director DEVELOPING A REGIONAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT NETWORK IN THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA Elizabeth Deakin Professor of City and Regional Planning and Urban Design 228 Wurster Hall University of California Berkeley CA 94720 1850 edeakin berkeley edu for the New York University Rudin Center for Transportation symposium CATCHING THE NEXT RIDE THE POTENTIAL FOR REGIONAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS February 24 2010 1 ABSTRACT Bus Rapid Transit BRT is an enhanced bus system designed to combine the flexibility of buses with the efficiency of rail While applications are diverse most BRT systems achieve higher speeds and greater reliability than conventional buses by providing priority treatments that include dedicated lanes queue jumpers signal priority and by locating stops farther apart than is normal on local routes Many systems also use real time monitoring and management systems to maintain on time performance Vehicle and station designs fare media and collection systems and information systems can further improve operating efficiencies and customer experience Construction costs for BRT can be lower than those for comparable rail services although the closer to rail design the smaller the cost difference FTA 2010 TCRP 2009 This paper examines the opportunities and challenges presented in implementing a regional BRT network A review of key elements of BRT and a sample of applications shows the variety of options that can be utilized in BRT systems as well as the many ways that planners have approached BRT design Drawing from the lessons learned to date as well as from empirical evidence on travel behavior the paper discusses policy considerations planning approaches and implementation strategies for integrating BRT into effective multimodal urban transit systems Attention is



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