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  1. Public Transit in Mexico Leon, Guanajuato MX ______________________________________________ OPTIBUS Leon was the first city in Mexico to create a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Optibus is nicknamed "La Oruga" by locals because the articulated buses look like big green Caterpillars. This is one of their newest buses.
  2. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transit Authority received a grant to fund JTA's Bus Rapid Transit system. The Small Starts Capital Investment Grants from the Federal Transit Administration has awarded grants totaling $38 million, according to a JTA press release. http://futureplans.jtafla.com/Pages/default.aspx' rel="external nofollow"> .
  3. It's exciting to be looking at the routing for the North Crosstown BRT, something that's been definitely needed to provide better E-W connections along 16th Avenue. I think this route would provide a frequent link between a couple of hospitals (major employment centres), help with the development in University District in west campus, and also spur some development for more high density developments along 16th Avenue. Only issues I see with the route is the lack of separated lanes or traffic priority at major intersections such as Centre Street, Edmonton Trail and 19th Street NE which hurts reliability and travel times. Currently, Eastbound 16th between 10th and Edmonton Trail is horrible for congestion during the PM rush, and this doesn't look like it would have any priority in this stretch of road. A problem with BRT branding and subsequent appeal is the lack of time savings over a conventional bus route, so I am not too sure if this would be successful in shifting over current passengers from the current routes (One of the issues with the 306 for example which had to be massively scaled back due to low ridership). More information from the City of Calgary here: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/North-Crosstown-Bus-Rapid-Transit-(BRT).aspx
  4. RFTA in Aspen Colorado is close to unveiling its new BRT service--the first rural BRT service in the US (and maybe anywhere) The buses will be Gillig BRT CNG. See one on this video: (Pretty rare for a Gillig BRT bus to actually be on a BRT line!) While you're on YouTube check out their history of RFTA video--its very interesting and you'll catch a glimpse of an Invero bus or two.
  5. The 17 Ave SE BRT project is set to begin construction soon in the spring of 2017 and is expected to wrap up in late 2018. Originally, we were just going to get Phase 1 of this project completed which is between 28 ST SE and Hubalta Rd. Funding was announced in Sept 2016 and now phase 2 of the project from 28 ST to 9 Ave SE is also a go! Two open houses were held this week regarding phase 2 and presentation materials can be found here: Phase 2 From the presentation, it looks like construction of phase 2 is also set to start in 2017 and into 2018 and is likely to be complete at the same time as phase 1. What this means is that there will be a dedicated transitway from 9 Ave SE (at the Blackfoot Truck Stop) across the Bow River and Deerfoot Trail and connecting to the median transitway on 17 Ave SE. The very first of its kind in Calgary. There are renderings of what the new dedicated bridges might look like (they include a multiuse pathway) as well as what the BRT stations might look like. In December 2016, surveys were conducted in the area around the 17 Ave SE BRT regarding which routes users are taking among other things like which aspects of transit they value more (service hours, frequency, directness, etc.). There will be a review of the routes in this area in 2017 so that they better serve and connect to the new BRT once it's completed in 2018. Since a good chunk of this new BRT route (aside from downtown and 9 Ave SE) will be separated from other vehicular traffic, I suspect we might be treating this more like an LRT extension rather than "just another bus route". Marlborough Station is one the busier stations on the Blue Line LRT so the 17 Ave BRT should hopefully alleviate some of the pressure off the LRT. The biggest bottleneck on the current 1/305 routes is getting across Deerfoot during peak hours so having dedicated lanes and frequent service on the BRT should entice more people in the area to use it over the LRT. We can use this thread going forward to discuss the project and eventual bus route changes and share updates as they come up!
  6. The boards and slides are available here: https://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/baseline_brtboards_final_en.pdf http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/transit/open-house-4-october-5-2016 Median BRT, Dutch Style Bicycle Protected Intersections, Bayshore <-> Baseline stn <-> Heron/Data Centre Fun fact: I'll be 36 in 2031
  7. I'm horrible, everyone saw the Baseline BRT topic and here I am now, Cumberland Transitway topic. http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/construction-and-infrastructure-projects/transit/planned Details: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-goes-back-to-the-drawing-board-on-blackburn-road-transit-link
  8. "When you look at the size of Honolulu (and) you look at the transportation problem they're seeking to solve, BRT is almost certainly a better investment," Taylor said Friday in a telephone interview with KITV4. For Taylor, whose research examines travel behavior, transportation finance, as well as politics and planning, the superiority of BRT boils down to the amount of ridership Honolulu's rail project is expected to draw. According to the rail project's final environmental impact statement, the 20-mile, elevated system from East Kapolei to the Ala Moana Shopping Center will see 116,300 trips per day on an average weekday by the year 2030. While the overall number of projected riders appears impressive, Taylor says it's not nearly enough to offset the tremendous capital cost needed to build the system, as well as the additional expenditures required to operate and maintain it. Taylor said heavy rail is much better suited for large, metropolitan cities like Tokyo, New York and London, which generate extremely large numbers of riders. The professor points to Mexico City as yet another example, where trains 10 cars deep run on 90-second headways with "crush-loads" at almost all hours of the day. "These investments are essential to keep these very large, very densely developed cities functioning effectively, and so they're often the best investment that can be made," explained Taylor. "You have to take all that capital cost for the system, and you have to divide it over the riders you have." Read more: http://www.kitv.com/...l#ixzz2AKKK7sHd Taylor said with bus rapid transit, the system can expand as demand for public transportation increases. However, he cautions the cost of such systems tend to escalate with the construction of exclusive lanes for express buses. "A big part of it is the amount of right of way that's exclusive," he said. "The more it's exclusive, the faster operation you have, but the more you have to pay for it." Taylor's research shows one of the greatest factors in determining a transit system's appeal is the ease with which riders can get to a transit line, whether it's BRT or rail. If a rider needs to go through various steps like walking, driving or transferring to get to a final destination, the less likely he or she is to use public transportation. "So, making the vehicle a little bit faster is not nearly as important as having a cutting down of the wait time," he said. ------- In other words, "More Buses please! Lets have a bus come by every 10 minutes, on every route!"
  9. http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/10/19/court-hails-bus-says-yes-to-brt/ The court concluded that the “bitter” medicine of improving public transport was the only long-term solution to Delhi’s traffic woes. “There being no scope to expand the width of the existing roads and the population of Delhi continuously in the increase, we see no escape from the fact that the citizens of Delhi have to, one day or the other, use public transport,” the bench said. And in spite of its admonition that this case was not about class, the bench did respond directly to Mr. Sharan’s arguments on behalf of the Indian capital’s wealth creators. “These ‘wealth creators,’ we are sure would like to live in a developed country,” said the bench. “A developed country is not one where the poor own cars. It is one where the rich use public transport.”
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