I know that there has been nothing more than an announcement from Chris Abele that the County will be developing this BRT line, there isn't even a map that has been made public yet. However, I thought that maybe this project warranted a thread for its own news and discussion. Especially since a BRT line from downtown to Wauwatosa has been being discussed for at least a decade now, if not longer. I would also imagine that we will be hearing some more information on this project sometime relatively soon since the design study was commissioned 5 months ago in June.
Here is an article referencing the study that prompted Executive Abele to commission the BRT plan. There is also a link to the larger study accompanying this article:Forum Transit Research Triggers County Action on BRT
County Executive Chris Abele announced a plan to develop a new BRT service that would connect the Milwaukee area's two largest employment centers – downtown Milwaukee and the Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa – and also serve many residential, business, and entertainment destinations. Also encouraging is the County Executive’s statement in his media announcement that he will involve other governments, which presumably may include the City of Milwaukee, City of Wauwatosa, and State of Wisconsin.
Picking Up the Pace
This report explores common strategies that transit systems around the country have utilized to enhance the speed and efficiency of their bus services, and considers their potential for implementation in the Milwaukee area. These strategies may hold promise to improve transit connections for the regional workforce and enhance its appeal to the general population, including those who currently do not use transit. Major sources for our analysis include research conducted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and conversations with transit system planners from around the country.