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.
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.
Sculptural 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.