Planned Bus Rapid Transit Systems

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  • Atlanta
    • Westline Metro and BRT
      • 1.5-mile route would extend existing MARTA East-West Line rail service west along MLK Boulevard from current terminus at Hamilton Holmes Station to new station at Adamsville and I-285; BRT service would run in I-20 from Hamilton Holmes Station to Baker Hill (just outside of the city of Atlanta), via Adamsville
      • Funding is not yet dedicated
    • I-20 East BRT
      • New route would run from Downtown Atlanta to Stonecrest Mall in the median of I-20, via South Dekalb Mall, providing service east and southeast of Atlanta
      • Funding is not yet dedicated
  • Austin
    • MetroRapid BRT- 2012
      • 37.5 miles of buses running in shared lanes in an x-shaped corridor
      • Cost of $47 million, received federal small starts funding
  • Boston
    • Silver BRT- Delayed indefinitely because of a lack of regional transit funds
      • 1-mile connector between two currently disconnected sections of the Silver Line BRT
    • Urban Ring BRT, then conversion to HRT or LRT – Delayed indefinitely because of a lack of regional transit funds.
      • First phases would be dedicated bus lanes; these lanes would be converted or upgraded to Metro or LRT operation
      • 25-mile circular corridor surrounding inner city Boston, with stations in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, East Boston, and South Boston
      • Construction of rail likely to begin in 2015
  • Chicago
    • Jeffery Avenue BRT – 2012 – Funded
      • 16-mile whole corridor, with 16 blocks from 67th to 83rd Streets operating in independent lanes
      • First segment of Chicago’s planned series of BRT lines
      • Some signal priority, special station treatment, and signage will be provided, along with sidewalk upgrades
      • Replaces #14 Jeffery Express bus
      • Funded with U.S. federal livability grant
    • Western Corridor BRTPartially Funded
      • 21-mile corridor, running from Howard to 95th Street, either along Western Avenue or Ashland Avenue
      • Would connect much of the city and the radial transit lines with a major route that bypasses the loop
      • Currently undergoing an alternatives analysis study
  • Des Moines
    • Route 60 Ingersoll-University Loop BRT- 2014
      • Loop to and from downtown along University Avenue, Ingersoll Avenue, 42nd St, and 6th/7th Streets, with around 40 stations
      • Would connect DART Central Station with Des Moines University, Roosevelt High School, and Drake University
      • Service would be operated every 15 minutes on shared routes with new stations and real-time information
      • Cost of $25 million, necessitates $20 million in federal funding to move forward
  • Fort Collins
    • Mason Corridor BRT- 2011
      • 5 miles of buses running north-south in dedicated lanes from Cherry Street to Harmony Road
      • Cost of $82 million, received federal small starts funding
  • Fresno
    • Fresno Area Express/Blackstone BRT- 2014
      • 13.8 miles of bus rapid transit, running north-south along Blackstone Avenue and east-west along Kings Canyon Road, via downtown and Fulton Mall
      • 26 stops planned
      • Dedicated lanes would be provided along 20 percent of the route; would include traffic signal priority, off-board boarding, and real time arrival information
      • 7,200 daily riders expected
      • Cost of $48.2 million, paid for by Federal Small Starts program ($38.55 million) and California Proposition 1B ($9.64 million)
  • Grand Rapids
    • Silver Line BRT- 2012
      • 9 miles of bus rapid transit running along Division Avenue from downtown to Kentwood
      • Planned 10-minute peak frequencies and 15-minute off-peak frequencies
      • Would include traffic signal priority, off-board boarding, and real-time arrival information
      • $37 million cost, paid for by Federal Small Starts program ($29.6 million) and Michigan Comprehensive Transportation Fund Appropriation ($7.4 million)
  • Hartford
    • Hartford-New Britain BRT – 2013 – Partially Funded
      • 9.4-mile new line from Hartford to New Britain, via West Hartford and Newington
      • $569 million cost
      • Construction likely to begin in 2012
  • Jacksonville
    • BRT North Corridor- 2013
      • 9.3 miles of bus rapid transit, running along Boulevard Street, Norwood Avenue, and Lem Turner Road from downtown Jacksonville to Armsdale Road, over the Trout River
      • Connects to Phase I BRT already underway downtown
      • Would include traffic signal priority, off board boarding
      • 13 stops planned, 10-minute headways at peak and 15-minute headways at other times
      • 4,600 daily riders expected
      • Cost of $21.3 million, paid for by Federal Small Starts program ($17.04 million), Florida New Starts Transit Program ($2.13 million), and JTA Local Discretionary Funds ($2.13 million)
      • Construction expected to begin in 2012
  • New York
    • Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement CR or BRT – Partially Funded
      • Project would allow for new transit on the replacement for the existing and degraded Tappan Zee bridge; BRT or CR would connect Westchester and Rockland Counties, mainly in the corridor between Rye and Suffern, via White Plains, Tarrytown, Nyack, and Spring Valley
      • No funding has yet been committed; project is still being studied
    • Select Bus Service BRT Network – Funded
      • Nostrand Avenue/Rogers Avenue BRT – 2013
        • Would run 9.3 miles from Williamsburg Bridge to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn
        • Replaces B44 Limited Bus
        • Receives offset bus lanes for 5 miles, signal priority for 3.8 miles, potential bus lane
        • $40 million cost, funded by Federal Small Starts
      • Hylan Boulevard BRT – 2013
        • Little planning yet done, but would run in Staten Island
      • Phase II
        • Corridors yet to be defined, but would extend across the city, especially to areas lacking subway service
  • Oakland
    • East Bay BRT- 2014
      • Run by AC Transit, project would extend 16.9 miles from Berkeley to San Leandro, via Oakland
      • Mostly parallel to BART, though with more frequent station stops
      • Expected 50,000 daily riders
      • Cost of $235 million
  • Pittsburgh
    • Downtown-Oakland BRT
      • Connection between city’s two major job centers would include dedicated bus lanes along the Forbes and Fifth Avenue Corridor and improve stations to make them more recognizable
      • Currently not funded, in long-term plans
  • Richmond
    • Broad Street BRT / Study Website
      • New bus line, running in median lanes along Broad Street, would open by 2015, running between Rockets Landing and Willow Lawn
      • By 2030, line would extend to Short Pump
  • Roaring Fork
    • VelociRFTA BRT- 2013
      • 38.8 miles of new bus corridor, from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, via Carbondale, El Jebel, and Woody Creek
      • $44 million cost, partially sponsored by federal Small Starts grants
  • San Antonio
    • Fredericksburg Road BRT- 2012
      • 8-10 mile line would run from South Texas Medical Center to Downtown San Antonio
      • 8 stations along the corridor, with several other stations located downtown
      • Combination of dedicated lane and mixed traffic operations
      • Construction could begin in 2012
      • $110 million cost
  • San Bernardino
    • E Street sbX BRT- 2013
      • 15.7 miles of new bus corridor, from Loma Linda University, through downtown along E Street, then north along Kendall Drive to Cal State San Bernardino
      • $192 million cost, partially sponsored by federal Small Starts grants
  • San Diego
    • Mid City Rapid Bus – 2011 – Funded
      • 10-mile line between San Diego State University and downtown along El Cajon and Park Boulevards
      • 16 new stations planned
      • Transit signal priority, but no separated lanes
    • Escondido Rapid BusPartially Funded
      • 6-mile rapid bus connection between Escondido Transit Center, downtown, and South Escondido
      • Will connect to I-15 BRT and Sprinter transit lines
      • Replaces an existing bus service, consolidates stations from 31 to 25
      • Gives buses cue jumpers to get to the front of traffic at intersections
    • I-15 BRT – 2012 – Partially Funded
      • Would connect Mid City along SR 94 and SR 163
      • $40-70 million cost
    • South Bay Rapid Bus – 2015 – Partially Funded
      • 21-mile line connects downtown San Diego with Otay Mesa Border Crossing (with Mexico)
      • Will travel on SR 94 and I-805 in HOV lanes and then in dedicated lanes through Chula Vista to the border
      • First, less expensive first phase will be complete in 2012
      • 15 new stations planned
    • SuperLoop – 2010 – Funded
      • 8-mile circular transit system serving the North University City area of the city
      • Traffic signal priority, dedicated bike lanes, dedicated turn lanes, and new stations
      • Phase I, a partial completion of the project, already in service
  • San Francisco
    • Geary BRT – 2013 – Partially Funded
      • New line running east-west in isolated right-of-way within street along length of Geary corridor, from Market Street to 48th Avenue at the Pacific Ocean; line is rail ready and could be converted relatively cheaply to MUNI Metro operation
      • 51,000 projected daily riders (up 4% from current riders, even with huge time savings)
      • $200 million cost
      • Construction is likely to begin in 2014
    • Van Ness BRT- 2013
      • 2-mile new line running north-south in isolated right-of-way within street along length of Van Ness corridor, from Market Street to Russian Hill
      • $119 million cost, partially sponsored by Federal Small Starts grants
      • Construction is likely to begin in 2013
  • Seattle
    • Rapid Ride (Metro Transit) – 2010-2013 – FUNDED
      • Six lines, four of which (A, B, C, and D) are already running:
        • E – Shoreline to downtown Seattle – 2013
        • F – Burien to Renton via Tukwila – 2013
      • Implementation cost – $190 million
      • Funding from Transit Now sales tax increase
    • EZRA(Puyallup Transit)
      • From Puyallup Downtown to South Hill, along Meridian Corridor
      • Total cost around $30 million
  • Twin Cities
    • Cedar Avenue BRT
      • 16-mile line along Cedar Avenue/Highway 77 from Mall of America to Lakeville, via Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Farmington
      • Initial phases, partially funded, will implement express services; the final phase will place a center-running bus-only lane along a part of the route
      • Connection with Hiawatha LRT will be possible at Mall of America
      • Full project would cost $135 million
    • Arterial Transit Corridors BRT
      • 11 corridors being studied for potential improved bus service
        • American
        • Chicago
        • Nicollet
        • Broadway
        • Hennepin
        • Central
        • Lake
        • Snelling
        • West 7th
        • Robert
        • East 7th
      • System would allow pre-paid boarding and would offer improved frequencies
      • No current implementation timeline or funding available
  • Winnipeg
    • Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor BRT – FUNDED
      • New line will run from the University of Winnipeg Downtown to Jubilee Avenue; a future stage will run west from Jubilee Avenue to Bison Drive
      • Designed to be converted to LRT operation
      • $138 million (Canadian) cost
  • Vancouver (WA)
    • Fourth Plain BRT - 2015
      • Planned BRT in mixed traffic, mostly along Fourth Plain Boulevard
      • Would run from Westfield Vancouver Mall to downtown, where it may connect with future LRT connection to Portland over Columbia River Crossing
      • Construction expected to begin in 2014
      • Future links into North Portland and East Vancouver being studied
  • York Region
    • Viva Rapidways
      • Existing bus rapid transit lines would be upgraded to expressways with their own rights-of-way
      • Part of province’s Vivanext plan, which would fund up to $1.4 billion in projects
      • Several rapidways would be built, including:
      • Buses would eventually be replaced by light rail as ridership increases; rights-of-way will be designed to allow for conversion

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