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  1. 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)

  2. Session Presentations • “MAX, Transit for Today”, June Devoll • “BRT Vehicle Selection Concepts”, Fred Silver • “Implementing BRT, Fare Collection”, Roderick Diaz and Jeff Klompus

  3. 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

  4. MAXTransit for Today Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

  5. 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

  6. 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.”

  7. BRT Project Goals • Enhance transit system capacity • Improve passenger comfort and convenience • Increase cost effectiveness • Improve the image of public transit

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The Solution MAXTransit’s Future, Today

  11. Project Corridor LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD NORTH

  12. Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)Features • Dedicated Lane • Civis Vehicle • Optical Guidance • Unique Station Design with level boarding • Off-Board Fare Collection • Transit Signal Priority

  13. CIVIS Vehicle

  14. Seating Configuration for Maximum Passenger Loads

  15. Center Drive Position

  16. Full Accessibility

  17. Optical Guidance in Dedicated Lane

  18. 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

  19. Station Construction

  20. MAX Station – construction

  21. MAX Station - Complete

  22. Off-board Fare Collection • Sale of all passes, tickets and validation • Validation of Flexi-fare rechargeable passes for commuters in Club Ride Commuter Program

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. Welcome MAX!