Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Stantec MAX Purple Line Calgary

Image: Jaime Vedres/Stantec

News January 04, 2019
The MAX Purple dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, the first of its kind in Calgary, Alberta, recently opened for service in the community.   The design, led by Stantec, has transformed the corridor into a multimodal street with a strong focus on the needs of pedestrians and transit, while...
Connecticut DOT opens rail discount program to boost ridership
News November 14, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new program that offers discounts and deals for rail riders at a variety of businesses in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The Transit Rewards Program will be applied to riders that use the Hartford Line, the Shore Line East...
public transportation
News October 11, 2018
Almost nine in 10 Americans, 86%, believe government should help fund public transportation, according to the findings of a new HNTB Corp. America THINKS national public opinion survey.   While this belief is held most strongly among Americans living in urban areas (92%), 85% of suburban...
transit expansion
News September 28, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has rolled out a sweeping expansion plan that extends light rail and bus lines across the city of Atlanta.   From the Emory campus to Campbellton Road, it would create new transportation options for several Atlanta neighborhoods. The plan...
bus rapid transit
News August 13, 2018
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is getting ready to roll out a new rapid transit system in Utah County, nine months ahead of schedule.   Twenty-five new UTA buses will be hitting the roads around the cities of Provo and Orem. The buses are 60 ft long, expanded from the usual 40-ft UTA buses, and...
Wes Guckert
Article July 17, 2018
According to the BRT Centre of Excellence, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a major source of transportation for millions every day. There are 54 cities across Latin America that have a BRT system, transporting nearly 20 million people on a daily basis. Latin America makes up 62% of the global demand for...
transit bus infrastructure
News June 22, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in FY 2018 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.    The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...
Transit projects
News May 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the city of Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light-rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.   The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA, obtained by...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
L.A. mayor to announce final projects for “28 by 28” transit initiative
News November 30, 2017
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is soon to announce the final projects for the city’s “28 by 28” initiative, the goal of which is to complete 28 regional transit projects prior to the city’s hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics, reported The Architect's Newspaper.   The proposal includes 16 projects...
Utah Transit Authority will launch new BRT service in 2018
News November 27, 2017
On Aug. 13, 2018, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) plans to unveil a new 10.5-mile articulated bus rapid transit (BRT) service in the Provo-Orem region as part of its Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project (TRIP).   At present the TRIP project is just over half completed, and according to...
I-90 SmartRoad

View of an overhead SmartRoad sign along the Jane Addams Tollway from inside a Pace bus

News September 05, 2017
The Illinois Tollway in partnership with Pace Bus Service activated the new I-90 SmartRoad in the northwest Chicago suburbs that provides real-time traffic and travel information to drivers and allows Pace buses to travel on the inside flex lane during traffic congestion.   On the I-90 Jane Addams...
Study indicates Buy America rules are taking toll on transit
News July 11, 2017
The American Action Forum (AAF) released research late last week that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.   By way of example, political site The Hill said that Washington D.C.’s beleaguered Metrorail system...
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awards federal grant to San Francisco bus-rapid transit project
News December 28, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the award of $75 million in federal grant funds for construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will significantly improve transit service in one of the busiest bus corridors in...
Utah Transit Authority receives Federal Transit Administration grant for Utah County bus-rapid transit project
News December 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Tuesday awarded the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) approximately $75 million for construction of the 10.5-mile bus-rapid transit line connecting Orem and Provo.   The line is part of the Provo Orem Transportation...
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announces $211 million in new bus, facilities grants
News September 09, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the selections for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program that will help provide more modern, reliable bus service for transit riders across the country.   Sixty one projects in 41 states, the Virgin...
bus rapid transit
News August 09, 2016
The Charleston County Council is expected to issue final approval to a half-cent sales tax referendum today, which will set the stage for voters to decide on Nov. 8 whether the increase will go into effect, to the imminent benefit of the region roads and transit network.   The $2.1 billion raised...
Construction to begin on BRT line in Columbus next month
News July 25, 2016
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) plans to begin construction for its Cleveland Avenue bus rapid-transit project (Cmax) in Columbus in early August.   The contractor will install 18-ft and 12-ft lighted pylons that display real-time arrival information at the line’s downtown stops on High...
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission approves BRT plan
News July 13, 2016
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission has bestowed its seal of approval on a proposal to run bus rapid transit (BRT) 11 miles between Tysons Corner and Alexandria, mostly along Route 7.   The commission—comprised of state legislators, local-government officials and business leaders—...
The Federal Transit Administration grants $37 million to Ohio COTA for Bus Rapid Transit project
News June 03, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of $37.5 million in federal grant funds to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Columbus.   The 15.6-mile BRT service, called CMAX, will provide a much-needed option in a corridor with...
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