Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SA-53. BRT State of Practice, Experience, and Lessons Learned

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and BRT light continue to interest transit agencies in the United States. In 2003 TCRP published Report 90 Bus Rapid Transit and in 2007 TCRP provided an update in its Report 118 Bus Rapid Transit Practitioner’s Guide. A number of new BRT projects have been implemented since 2007 and early deployment BRTs have further evolved. Both TCRP Report 90 and 118 provided useful information for agencies considering BRT solutions. However, the information in these reports is now more than 14 years old. Since then, agencies have struggled with the ridership and operations benefits associated with investment in: exclusive BRT lanes and turning restrictions; minimum service frequencies; integration with local bus service, and other routes in the corridor; basic versus “high end stations; level boarding platforms; upgraded fare collection systems; and branding. ITS and Big Data advances have also been made that might benefit BRT implementation. With 13 more years of operating experience, stronger information on these struggling issues is now available. Documenting all the challenges, benefits and new lessons learned would be helpful to nascent BRT projects. This TCRP synthesis will document the current practices and lessons learned of US and Canadian transit systems that utilize BRT components to improve the reliability of bus service, bus travel time, operation efficiency, and customer satisfaction, and to increase ridership. Information gathered will include, at minimum: (1) Integration with local bus service and other modes of transit (physical integration, service structure and scheduling practices); (2) Travel time savings, improved reliability, and contribution of each component; (3) Corridor ridership information (mode or service shift, and/or increased use by existing riders); (4) Stop amenities; (5) Service characteristics; (6) Vehicles characteristics; (7) Costs (operations, capital and infrastructure); (8) Travel lane enforcement (including agreements, partnerships, etc.); (9) Fare policies; (10) Maintenance; and (11) Lessons learned Information will be gathered by literature review that will mostly update TCRP Report 90 and TCRP report 118, and a survey of selected geographically diverse, large, medium and small transit agencies. At minimum seven case examples representing different experiences of US and Canadian transit systems that utilize BRT components for the objectives outlined above will be produced. The final report will also document gaps in knowledge and research needs. The product of the research is envisioned to inform transit decision-makers as they make decisions about BRT in their communities and will also help identify the need for future studies. rtation


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

    Project J-07, Topic SA-53

  • 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 Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Blume, Kelly

  • Start Date: 20200923
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739770
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SA-53
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 25 2020 3:04PM