Peer-to-Peer Information Exchange on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Bus Priority Best Practices

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mode - bus rapid transit, place - north america, planning - marketing/promotion, planning - network design, planning - route design


Scientific and technical report organization, Preparation, Elements


The purpose of this effort was to foster a dialogue among peers at transportation and planning agencies about their experiences with promoting public transit and, in particular, the challenges they face related to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects, as well as the solutions they have developed in response. Agencies from dozens of large cities around the United States participated at three peer-to-peer exchanges in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. The facilitated discussions were structured to address the unique barriers to BRT implementation on the streets of dense and/or highly-congested large urban centers. Three major themes were the focus of the workshops: Network, Route and Street Design; Traffic Operations; and Building Political, Interagency and Stakeholder Support—BRT as a Driver of Economic Development. The results of the workshops make clear that better public transportation in general and BRT in particular can be cost-effective and useful tools for improving transportation and the environment and for restoring the livability of America’s large cities.


Performed by New York University/Wagner, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management for Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Copyright remains with them.