Bus Rapid Transit Series: Service Frequency

27 Aug KCATA_Comprehensive_Service_Analysis_1x

If you want to ride a bus and you go to a bus stop, the best vision you could see would be a bus a block away headed in your direction. It’s better than a map on your phone, a lighted shelter, or a friendly logo; although those are important too.

Frequency of buses passing by your pickup-point defines freedom and spontaneity for bus users. An analogy could be that if your car key started your car only once or twice an hour, you’d be frustrated in the same way as with infrequent bus service. Frequency sets the essential threshold for people with busy, complex lives to take the bus– true for people all across the income range.

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Status of the Green Paint Project

24 Aug Green Facilties_Page_06

Over the course of a few meetings this spring, our members generated ideas for potential demonstration projects. Through a bit of board discussion and debate, and drawing on examples of what has been done in many other communities such as in Philadelphia, we settled on a project wherein we would use temporary green paint to highlight active transportation infrastructure such as bike lanes, sharrows, crosswalks and more. The National Association of City Transportation Officials recommends using green paint to minimize confusion with other standard traffic control markings.

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Our Take on the BRT Station Concepts

20 Aug
Sculptural Station Concept

Sculptural Station Concept

Modular Station Concept

Modular Station Concept

Metro Transit released three prototypes of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations (see two of them at left) at their open house on August 13. As we discussed in our August 7 blog post, these stations are extraordinarily critical to the success of the system and they’ll hold an important place in our civic realm for 30 years or more. It’s important we get them right.

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