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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)

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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
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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

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
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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 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
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
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
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 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
development since 1996
Development since 1996
  • Development continues to occur
  • Another $203 million completed
  • Additional development under construction or being planned
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
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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
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