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Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP):  More development for your transit dollar

Quote from the ITDP report: “Per dollar of transit investment, and under similar conditions, Bus Rapid Transit leverages more transit-oriented development investment than Light Rail Transit or streetcars.”
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Photos and renderings of selected bus rapid transit projects: letsgetmoving.org/brtphotos


BRT examples from the Eastern United States

Tampa, FL — proposed regional bus toll lanes (BTL) network

“The (bus toll lane concept) is a transit-based solution creating financially sustainable transit service with increasing potential to move more people as the facility matures…. By combining the capital funding resources of transit with the long-term revenue strength of tolls, a more effective and sustainable public transportation system can be developed sooner than either mode could produce on its own.” 

“BTL networks encourage more compact, 

mixed-use land development which results in 
the reduction of trips and more efficient use of the existing transportation system.”

— Final Report, Bus Toll Lane Concept Feasibility Study, July 2013
— Study conducted by the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) in partnership with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)

Jacksonville, FL — proposed bus rapid transit system

“The funding is not there for a light rail solution at this time. The (population) density would need to further develop to support an investment in rail, and we’re not there yet. We have a density that clearly fits a BRT model.”
— Nat Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Montgomery County, MD — proposed Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), proposed countywide BRT network

“The CCT Bus Rapid Transit line will provide easy, accessible, cost efficient transportation for Montgomery County’s neighborhoods…  The CCT will support nearly 15,000 jobs in the corridor, help facilitate smart growth through mixed used development and it can be built in a timely manner.” 
      —  Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
“The significant economic advantages of implementing Bus Rapid Transit is not lost on Montgomery County.  Bus Rapid Transit can be built sooner and at a significantly lower cost while complementing our master plan.  The design and construction of the CCT project is vital for the county and state, and we must collectively move forward to bring it into service as soon as possible.”
— Isiah Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland

Cleveland, OH — existing Healthline bus rapid transit

“If the Healthline bus rapid transit project were light rail instead of BRT, I do not believe that ridership, customer satisfaction nor related economic development could have possibly been any better than what we realized with the HealthLine. If we were putting all of our rapid transit lines in for the first time today, I suggest that they would all be high-end BRT rather than light rail, due to the significantly higher capital and operating cost of rail as well as the longer time needed for light rail implementation.
—  Joe Calabrese, General Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Pittsburgh, PA — existing busway system


Nashville, TN — proposed amp bus rapid transit, existing brt-lite corridors

“This is the creation of a transit system for the city, and, you know, I think we’ve shown by starting with the BRT Lite on Murfreesboro Road and Gallatin Road that you just keep moving. And so the next thing we would do after this project would be to look at other corridors to see whether we could do full BRT or BRT lite, further connecting things together.”
— Karl Dean, Mayor, City of Nashville


BRT examples from the Central and Western United States

Los Angeles, CA — existing Orange Line bus rapid transit

San Diego, CA — I-15 and other bus rapid transit corridors 

San Francisco, CA — proposed Van Ness corridor

Chicago, IL — proposed Ashland corridor bus rapid transit, existing Jeffery Jump BRT-lite service

Minneapolis, MN — existing Red Line / Cedar Avenue bus rapid transit and I-35W median BRT station, proposed Orange Line bus rapid transit

Las Vegas, NV — existing bus rapid transit service

Eugene, OR — existing multiple Emerald Express (Em/X) bus rapid transit corridors

BRT examples from beyond the United States

Cambridge, England — existing busway, opened summer 2011


Luton and Dunstable, England — existing busway, opened fall 2013

Note:  RTA will be adding more information about bus rapid transit in other markets to this page over time.