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The Results of Selected BRT Projects 2:00 – 3:20 p.m. Walt Kulyk Director, FTA Office of Mobility Innovation (Moderator). Session Presentations. “San Pablo Rapid”, Jon Twichell “Results of Port Authority’s Busways”, David E. Wohwill, AICP “Implementing BRT: The Results”, John Bonsall

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The Results of Selected BRT Projects

2:00 – 3:20 p.m.

Walt Kulyk

Director, FTA Office of Mobility Innovation

(Moderator)


Session Presentations

  • “San Pablo Rapid”, Jon Twichell

  • “Results of Port Authority’s Busways”, David E. Wohwill, AICP

  • “Implementing BRT: The Results”, John Bonsall

  • “A Better Transport for a Better Quality of Living”, Luciano Aimar


David E. Wohlwill, AICP

  • M.S. Urban and Regional Planning Univ. of Wisconsin

  • B.A. Environmental Studies and Political Science, Univ. of California

  • Lead Transit Planner, Port Authority of Allegheny County

  • New York State DOT, Planning and Programming


Results of Port Authority’s Busways

David E. Wohlwill, AICP

APTA - TRB

Bus Rapid Transit Conference

Denver, CO

May 6, 2004


Pittsburgh BRT Facilities


Port Authority’s Busways

  • South Busway – 1977, 4.3 miles

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway – 1983, 6.8 miles

  • West Busway - 2000, 5.0 miles

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway Extension- 2003, 2.3 miles

  • Total length of busways is 18.4 miles


South Busway


South Busway

  • First exclusive transit facility for buses not in a highway

  • Oldest busway in North America

  • Links Downtown with Pittsburgh’s southern neighborhoods and suburbs

  • Allows buses to bypass severe congestion on Liberty Avenue, Route 51, Liberty Tunnel and Liberty Bridge


Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway


Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway

  • Links downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland with Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods and suburbs

  • Allows buses to bypass severe congestion on Parkway East and other arterials and local streets

  • Port Authority’s busiest BRT facility


E. Busway Extension Opened 6/03


West Busway


West Busway

  • Links Downtown with Pittsburgh’s western neighborhoods and suburbs

  • Facilitates service to Pittsburgh International Airport

  • Allows buses to bypass severe congestion on Parkway West


Busway Results


Travel Time Savings

  • South Busway – 20 - 30 minutes

  • Original East Busway

    • Downtown to Wilkinsburg – 34 minutes

    • Oakland to Wilkinsburg – 25 minutes

  • East Busway with Extension

    • Downtown to Swissvale – 6 minutes

    • Oakland to Swissvale – 15 minutes

  • West Busway – 20 minutes


Ridership Trends


Current Ridership (Oct. 2003)

  • South Busway – 11,000

  • East Busway – 25,000

  • West Busway – 8,100


Average O & M Costs per Rider (FY 1995 Data)

  • South Busway - $1.03

  • East Busway - $.95

  • Remainder of Bus System - $2.55

  • Light Rail System - $3.22


Development Impacts


Development 1983-1996

  • 54 developments

  • Fair market value of $302 Million

  • New construction and renovation of existing buildings

  • Retail, office and residential uses most common


Residential Development Linked to a Station


Reuse of an Industrial Building


Medical Professional Building


Redeveloped Railroad Station


Development since 1996

  • Development continues to occur

  • Another $203 million completed

  • Additional development under construction or being planned


West Busway DevelopmentCarnegie Borough Bldg. - Carnegie Station


Lessons Learned


Operations & Ridership

  • Significant travel time savings in heavily congested corridors achieved

  • 1995 O & M cost data indicate substantial savings per passenger compared to the rest of the bus system

  • Ridership on East Busway has been stable despite overall system decline


Development Impacts

  • The East Busway and its landscaping were major physical improvements in the corridor

  • $302 million in development 1983-1996

  • Estimated $203 million occurring since 1996

  • $505 million to date and more underway

  • This is a magnitude of investment comparable to development levels observed along rail lines in other cities.


TOD Issues

  • Consider TOD early in planning

  • TOD has not fully realized its potential along East Busway

  • A number of developments are transit-adjacent, but not transit-oriented


Park-and-Ride

  • Important to provide sufficient number of PNR spaces

  • Coordination with communities involved almost as much effort for PNR as for the West Busway itself


Image

  • Image is Critical

  • Stations on Original East Busway Rebuilt


Design Treatments Enhance Appearance of BRT Guideways – West Busway Berry Street Tunnel


Allow for Future Stations on BRT Facility


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