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Federal Transit Administration

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)


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,
• San Diego, Santa Clara, Albany, and Montgomery

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

• Develop BRT Marketing Strategy

• Conduct National BRT Conference

• Continue Interaction with Transit

Industry Through Technical Seminars &
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

• Encourage Innovative Financing Techniques for

SPV Purchases
Data Collection & Evaluation
• Document Results and Analyze
Performance of BRT Projects in U.S. and

• Extract Measures of Effectiveness (MOE)

Streamlining Project
• Establish Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance

• 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

• Encourage U.S. Manufacturers, Through these

Partnerships, to Produce SPV’s for the BRT

• Enhance the Competitiveness of U.S. Bus

Manufacturers in the Worldwide BRT Market