Advanced Network Planning for Bus Rapid Transit
A study, commissioned by the Federal Transit Administration and published through the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, compares and contrasts two fundamentally distinct modes of BRT:
the Quickway Model and the rail emulation, or “Light Rail Lite” model.
The study’s central finding is that the Quickway model, which is little understood or practiced within the United States, can offer signficant benefit to urban regions intent on creating more effective transit networks.
More than being “the poor man’s light rail,” Quickways–fully grade-separated bus guideways–can cost-effectively support a range of local, express, and branching services that together create significant public value, lead to major increases in ridership, and even lead to “phase shifts” in the role that transit plays in a region.
Quickways, rather than being a “stepping stone” to light rail, are rather a fundamental building block in creating transit networks better matched to modern city form.
If Commissioner Ken Hagan’s Transportation Task Force knew about this, why are we doing rail?
We should listen to USF on this one and save a bundle of money.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen