Federal Transit Administration Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Initiative

Vision Statement and Action Plan Walter Kulyk

BRT Vision
• Public Transportation as the Mode of Choice • Accomplish Through Investment in Cost Effective Rail Systems and a Family of BRT Systems • BRT Services Featuring High Capacity Modern Vehicles Utilizing ITS Technologies and Operational Improvements

Expected Outcomes
• Deployment of 10 BRT Projects by 2004
• Los Angles, AC Transit, Hartford, Miami, Eugene, Boston • San Diego, Santa Clara, Albany, and Montgomery County

• Deployment of 12 Additional BRT Projects by 2008
• Cleveland, Honolulu, Fort Collins, Northern Virginia, El Paso • San Juan, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Fernando Valley

Impacts
• • • • Reduce Travel Time by 20% Increase Ridership by 20% Reduce Capital Costs by 25% to 75% Reduce Operating Costs per Revenue Mile by up to 60% • Improve Overall Image of Bus Service

Impacts
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• Enhance Community Relationships by Reducing Emissions and Energy Consumption with Quieter Vehicles • Provide New Jobs in the U.S. Bus Manufacturing Industry

BRT Action Plan Deliverables
• • • • • Marketing Proactive Vehicle Deployment Data Collection & Evaluation Streamlining Project Development Partnerships with U.S. Manufacturers

Marketing
• Develop BRT Marketing Strategy • Conduct National BRT Conference • Continue Interaction with Transit Industry Through Technical Seminars & Workshops

Proactive Vehicle Deployment
• Interim Guidance & Policy on Data Collection & Testing for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) • Review Regulations (Procurement, Buy America, ADA) to Streamline Federal Bus Procurement Process • Encourage Innovative Financing Techniques for SPV Purchases

Data Collection & Evaluation
• Document Results and Analyze Performance of BRT Projects in U.S. and Abroad • Extract Measures of Effectiveness (MOE)

Streamlining Project Development
• Establish Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance Program • Update FTA’s Alternatives Analysis to Include BRT in Guidance for Existing Capital Programs

Partnerships with U.S. Manufacturers
• Establish New Partnerships Between Transit Authorities and U.S. and Foreign Bus Manufacturers • Encourage U.S. Manufacturers, Through these Partnerships, to Produce SPV’s for the BRT Market • Enhance the Competitiveness of U.S. Bus Manufacturers in the Worldwide BRT Market

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