Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SD-06. Transit Agency Relationships and Initiatives to Improve Bus Stops

Safe, accessible bus stops result from internal processes, resources, and political structures. In many regions, bus stops are stuck in bureaucratic limbo. While transit agencies locate and serve the stops, they are sited on right of ways managed by governmental agencies ( DOTs, DPW, counties, cities etc.) and others (developers, advertisers, etc.). The objective of this synthesis report is to assess the relationships and vision between transit agencies and governmental agencies to improve bus stops and their pedestrian access. Information gathered will include: (1) Formal and informal agreements, permitting, documentation, and/or understandings regarding funding, implementation, construction and maintenance for access and improvement to bus stops along right-of –ways controlled by others; (2) Processes and tools used to track and prioritize bus stops improvements; (3) Methods to communicate, coordinate, plan and integrate other entities’ infrastructure projects such as sidewalks, crossings, curb ramps, detectable warnings, etc. with transit agencies’ bus stop projects; (4) Ownership of and responsibility over bus stop programs in transit agencies and governmental agencies (service planning, facilities, engineering, capital programming, bus operations, etc.); (5) Steps taken to ensure accessibility for children, older adults and people with disabilities including but not limited to persons that use wheelchairs, people with visual impairments, etc. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey of transit agencies that represent a range of geographies and sizes, and that have implemented strategies to improve bus stops in coordination with others. The synthesis will include five (5) case examples that highlight diverse relationship structures between transit agencies and others (at least one case study should include developers) and their initiatives to provide safe, accessible bus stops that prioritizes pedestrian access. These should highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned. Gaps in information and future research needs will also be identified.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SD-06

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hansen, Todd

  • Start Date: 20190504
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707736
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SD-06
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 10 2019 3:16PM