BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is essentially Metrorail on wheels instead of tracks. It’s high-quality, fast, and convenient. (And yes, it’s something that people will actually use. They do in areas similar to the Pike District all over the world and increasingly, in the United States. Count me in as an enthusiastic convert, and now I can’t wait for the day when I can catch a sleek BRT rather than cursing traffic and searching for parking in my car.)
Here is a quick fact sheet about BRT which should answer many of your questions. But if you don’t have time to click through and read up on this innovative type of transit, here are the five things you need to know:
1) BRT features a dedicated right-of-way and bus-only lanes for fast travel that never gets caught up in traffic congestion.
2) You pay your BRT fare at a station, not on the bus, so there’s no delay getting through one of the many doors on the BRT.
3) Because stations are level with the bus and ground, BRT will be fully-accessible so people in wheelchairs, disabled passengers, and parents with strollers will find getting on and off the BRT to be a breeze.
4) On average, BRT systems can be build in a fraction of the time it takes to construct light rail, and BRT can cost 30 times less to build and 3 times less to operate.
5) BRT is essential to the successful implementation of the White Sector Plan and to the creation of a walkable, transit-friendly, sustainable community in the Pike District.