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Implementing a BRT Project: The Preliminary Steps 8:30 – 9:50 a.m. Frank Spielberg BMI-SG Incoming Chair, TRB Bus Transit Systems Committee (Moderator) Session Presentations “MAX, Transit for Today”, June Devoll “BRT Vehicle Selection Concepts”, Fred Silver

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Implementing a BRT Project: The Preliminary Steps

8:30 – 9:50 a.m.

Frank Spielberg


Incoming Chair, TRB Bus Transit Systems Committee


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Session Presentations

  • “MAX, Transit for Today”, June Devoll

  • “BRT Vehicle Selection Concepts”, Fred Silver

  • “Implementing BRT, Fare Collection”, Roderick Diaz and Jeff Klompus

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June Devoll

  • Transit Operations Administrator for the RTC of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas

  • Responsible for the oversight of fixed route and paratransit operations

  • Project Manager for the Metropolitan Area Express BRT (MAX) project

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MAXTransit for Today

Regional Transportation Commission

of Southern Nevada

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Trailblazing Las Vegas’ Transit Future

“If there’s an innovative new technology out there, bring it to Las Vegas. We’ll try it out.”

  • Jacob L. Snow, RTC General Manager

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Project Vision: Las Vegas BRT

To increase passenger capacity, reduce dwell times, improve scheduling and convenience and build a positive image of public transit.

Project is a centerpiece of the RTC’s strategic vision: “to provide a safe convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors.”

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BRT Project Goals

  • Enhance transit system capacity

  • Improve passenger comfort and convenience

  • Increase cost effectiveness

  • Improve the image of public transit

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Project Partners

  • City of North Las Vegas

  • Nevada Department of Transportation

  • Clark County, Nevada

  • City of Las Vegas

  • U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Federal Transit Administration

  • Federal Highway Administration

  • Irisbus

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Transit System Challenges

  • Las Vegas is the fastest growing U.S. urban area with over 6,000 new residents each month

  • Transit ridership demands outpace service supply

  • More miles are accrued on CAT buses than any other U.S. transit system

  • Air quality deterioration is severe

  • Perception of transit often discourages public from the bus system

  • Longer dwell times with open doors reduce cooling efficiency in buses during summer months

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The Solution

MAXTransit’s Future, Today

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Project Corridor


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Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)Features

  • Dedicated Lane

  • Civis Vehicle

  • Optical Guidance

  • Unique Station Design with level boarding

  • Off-Board Fare Collection

  • Transit Signal Priority

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Unique Station Design

  • 20 Passenger Stations

  • Level Boarding/Alighting through 4 Doors for Improved Accessibility

  • 10’ x 65’ Station Platform with Passenger Shelter

  • Larger Seating & Queuing Area for Improved Comfort

  • Ticket Vending Machines

  • Tactile Surface

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Off-board Fare Collection

  • Sale of all passes, tickets and validation

  • Validation of Flexi-fare rechargeable passes for commuters in Club Ride Commuter Program

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Transit Signal Priority

  • Over 20 Signalized Intersections

  • Low Priority System

    • Shorter Red/Longer Green

  • 3M Infrared Emitters on the Vehicles

  • Future Integration with CATCOM / AVL

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Project Challenges

  • Coordination of Timing of Vehicles, Stations and TVMs

  • Trajectory of Each Station

  • Vehicles – Fewer Issues Than Any Other Vehicle Purchased by RTC

  • Spare Parts

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The Dream is a RealityMAX is Coming!

  • All Vehicles Delivered

    • 10 Vehicles in Las Vegas

    • Undergoing Extensive Testing and Training

  • Projected Timeline

    • Civil Road Works Complete

    • 18 Stations Complete; additional 2 stations complete by May 2004

    • TVM’s installed and functional

    • Transit Signal Priority Currently Testing

    • Revenue Service Begins June 30, 2004

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MAX is Coming

  • June 30, 2004 start-up date

  • Community support has been tremendous

  • “Meet MAX” events taking place at corridor shopping venues

  • “Meet MAX” youth presentations taking place at corridor schools