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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 moderat

The Results of Selected BRT Projects

2:00 – 3:20 p.m.

Walt Kulyk

Director, FTA Office of Mobility Innovation

(Moderator)


The results of selected brt projects 2 00 3 20 p m walt kulyk director fta office of mobility innovation moderat

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


The results of selected brt projects 2 00 3 20 p m walt kulyk director fta office of mobility innovation moderat

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

Results of Port Authority’s Busways

David E. Wohlwill, AICP

APTA - TRB

Bus Rapid Transit Conference

Denver, CO

May 6, 2004


Pittsburgh brt facilities

Pittsburgh BRT Facilities


Port authority s busways

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


South busway1

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


Martin luther king jr east busway1

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

E. Busway Extension Opened 6/03


West busway

West Busway


West busway1

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

Busway Results


Travel time savings

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

Ridership Trends


Current ridership oct 2003

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

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 Impacts


Development 1983 1996

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

Residential Development Linked to a Station


Reuse of an industrial building

Reuse of an Industrial Building


Medical professional building

Medical Professional Building


Redeveloped railroad station

Redeveloped Railroad Station


Development since 1996

Development since 1996

  • Development continues to occur

  • Another $203 million completed

  • Additional development under construction or being planned


West busway development carnegie borough bldg carnegie station

West Busway DevelopmentCarnegie Borough Bldg. - Carnegie Station


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned


Operations ridership

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 impacts1

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

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

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

  • Image is Critical

  • Stations on Original East Busway Rebuilt


Design treatments enhance appearance of brt guideways west busway berry street tunnel

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


Allow for future stations on brt facility

Allow for Future Stations on BRT Facility


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