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Old February 15th, 2006, 02:22 PM   #1
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Successful BRT Systems

I am hearing a lot again about BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). Does anyolne have any good examples of successful BRT systems? Not just ones that saw an increase in traffic over the bus they replaced, but ones where it made a significant impact on traffic and/or economy?
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Old February 15th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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Check Curitiba. It is a prime example of how Rapid Transit and good planning go hand in hand.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:06 PM   #3
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Bogota is another example, so successful that it compares with metro systems in terms of how many passenger are transported daily.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #4
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Another line in Ottawa, Canada, too.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 11:19 PM   #5
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The Zuidtangent has been very successful. It's a rapid bus route on it's own lanes, between Haarlem, Schiphol airport and Amsterdam South.

They've got their own lanes and are actually very fast.



Also, the bus stops are nice:


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Old February 16th, 2006, 01:01 AM   #6
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- Orange Line, Los Angeles
- Silver Line, Boston
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Old February 16th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #7
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Have to differ with you - Boston's Silver Line is anything BUT successful. In fact, it's a glaring exception to the argument that dedicated roadway is the solution to effective BRT.
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Old February 16th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #8
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very interesting, any more info on this mode of transport?
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Old February 16th, 2006, 10:57 PM   #9
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Ottawa's is great, but it shows that it does have limitations as the sole transport method for a city of over 1 million.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 03:15 AM   #10
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98 and 99 B-Line in Vancouver has been quite sucessfully, they just need to buy more D60LF's for the 99 line (it looks like the Indian Railway pictures that have been posted as a joke).

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_B-Line
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/98_B-Line
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Old February 20th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #11
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Boston's is a joke- it's got a designated lane everywhere EXCEPT for the most congested area.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #12
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^is this not because there's no space in Boston in the most congested areas to have a designated lane? And it's slated for LRT or HRT conversion afeter a while too, isn't it?
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Old February 21st, 2006, 12:42 AM   #13
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That looks like a very cool BRT system
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 04:42 AM   #14
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I lived in Ottawa and the BRT Transitway was great and really fast and extensive. This is especially impressive considering the amount of snow Ottawa gets.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 05:27 AM   #15
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DOn't Forget Jakarta's BRT the only City in SEA to have BRT !!

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/newrep...eply&p=7259227

Jakarta Busway line 1





Before opening


Trial period







Guards


Newly recruited drivers post in front of Transjakarta bus
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 05:30 AM   #16
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I was thinking about the one in LA if it's successful or not!
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 10:43 PM   #17
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Miami has a 8 mile long busway which has been quite popular. There are plans to expand the system by another 12 miles.


Since Miami's busway is at grade, all traffic lights at intersections are controlled by sensors. Buses approaching intersections, as a result, always get the green light.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 12:07 AM   #18
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^ parts of the extension in Miami are already open.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 02:59 AM   #19
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The Los Angeles Orange Line has had some problems with high frequency of accidents with automobiles; however, the accident rate has dropped somewhat now that local motorists are more aware of the hazards. Also, the traffic police have mounted a campaign to issue citations to drivers who run traffic signals along the route. The following is a comparison of the cost and ridership of the Orange Line busway and the newest light rail line in Los Angeles, the Gold Line:

Orange Line BRT
Length: 14 miles
Cost: $330 million
Daily Ridership: 11,000

Gold Line LRT
Length: 14 miles
Cost: $859 million
Daily Ridership: 16,000

The following are some screen dumps from the Orange Line website:

http://www.metro.net/projects_progra...nteractive.htm






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Old February 25th, 2006, 10:15 AM   #20
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Here is Ottawa's BRT maps, with extensions on the way, as well as extension of the O-Train LRT. From: http://www.cs.queensu.ca/~stl/intern...transitway.jpg

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