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Chicago Bus Rapid Transit. CHRISTOPHER ZIEMANN, AICP FEBRUARY 26, 2013 AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION. Special Thanks. With support from. What is Bus Rapid Transit?. Train-like service with the Buses Faster More reliable More efficient. Cleveland. New York City. 3.

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Chicago

Bus Rapid Transit

CHRISTOPHER ZIEMANN, AICP

FEBRUARY 26, 2013

AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION

special thanks
Special Thanks

With support from

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What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Train-like service with the Buses

  • Faster
  • More reliable
  • More efficient

Cleveland

New York City

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design elements brt systems
Design Elements BRT Systems
  • Specialized Buses
  • Boarding Area Amenities
  • Real Time Bus Arrival Signs
  • Streetscaping
  • Wide Doors
  • Branded Service
  • Enforcement
  • Exclusive Traffic Lanes
  • Transit Signal Priority
  • Prepaid Boarding
  • Limited Stops
  • Level Boarding
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Cleveland, OH

Las Vegas, NV

here s how it works
Here’s how it works
  • http://youtu.be/kkWFHjiE7ek
the brt standard
The BRT Standard

Purpose of BRT Standard

  • Evaluate existing systems
  • Evaluate systems in the planning phase

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Standards

BRT Standard Committee

  • Walter Hook, ITDP
  • Lloyd Wright, Asian Development Bank*
  • Dario Hidalgo, EMBARQ*
  • Gerhard Menckhoff, World Bank (retired),
  • ITDP Vice President
  • Wagner Colombini Martins, LogitConsultoria
  • Carlos Felipe Pardo, Slow Research
  • Pedro Szasz, Consultant
  • Ulises Navarro, Modelistica
  • Scott Rutherford, University of Washington

Avaliable at www.itdp.org

why look at brt in chicago
Why Look at BRT in Chicago?
  • Rising ridership on high-service routes – AKA trains
  • Non-Downtown trips
  • Population shifts – transit-dependent households
  • Roads do not meet today’s needs
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1 in 4 Chicago households

does not own a car

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23% of the land in the City of Chicago such as streets and alleys is found in the public right of way

history of brt in chicago
History of BRT in Chicago

2003 – Central Area Plan

  • Calls for Downtown transitways

Congestion Pricing in NYC

  • Funds to LA, Chicago

April 2008 - 153.1 million grant to CTA/City 

  • Combined BRT with Parking Pricing Strategy for Downtown

2010 - application for Jeffery, 3 other corridors

  • Jeffery Blvd. approved by FTA for funding

July 2010– FTA grant to study Western and Ashland Corridors

2011 - MPC Report: Chicago’s New Rout to Opportunity

2012 – Western/Ashland Kicks off

  • Central Loop BRT continues
  • Jeffery Jump Service Starts

2013 – System Network Plan

  • River North/Streeterville Study
  • North Lakeshore Drive
benefits of brt in chicago
Benefits of BRT in Chicago

Riders

  • Speed and Reliability
    • Especially important for hourly workers
  • 26% of Chicago households car-less
  • Complete Streets
  • Customer experience
  • Neighborhood-focused

Efficient Use of Funds

  • Funding flexibility
  • Short- and long-term investments
  • Steady investment

Efficient Operations

  • Lower Cost
  • Minimum service standards
  • Speed and reliability
challenges of brt in chicago
Challenges of BRT in Chicago

Roadway Trade-offs

  • Bus-only lanes
  • Parking and loading
  • Station spacing
    • (1/2 v. 1/8th mile)
  • Turn restrictions
  • Potential for traffic to residential streets

Political / Community

  • Routes cross aldermanic wards (50)
  • Potential for compromise
  • Rumors of different fare
chicago s approach to brt
Chicago’s Approach to BRT

Goals

  • Grow ridership on the bus network
  • Eliminate Bus Slow Zones
  • Forward Compatible Investment
  • Implement Complete Streets

Short-Term Improvements

  • Targeted bus lanes
  • Transit Signal Priority
  • Test BRT elements on Jeffery corridor
  • Implement full BRT in the Loop

Long-Term Vision

  • Develop citywide BRT plan
  • Phased implementation
    • Short-term modular improvements
  • Develop branded services
  • Concept of third mode ‘L’, Bus, and BRT
traffic stats
Traffic Stats

Over half of people on Washington and Madison Walk

Of those in vehicles, nearly half are on the bus

Buses make up only 4% of vehicles

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central loop total round trip travel time benefit
Central Loop: Total round-trip travel time benefit

(faster)

Net average user benefit

(47% Bus; 51% Car/Taxi)

Option 1: +1.41 min

Option 2: +2.76 min

Option 3: +3.11 min

Travel Minutes Saved

(slower)

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system network plan
System Network Plan
  • Next 10 BRT Corridors in Chicago
  • Implementation Plan
    • Short- and long-term
  • Financing Plan
  • Outreach Plan
  • Starting this Spring

MPC Recommendations

civic consulting alliance
Civic Consulting Alliance

Targetcom

Targetcom

U.S. Equities Realty

U.S. Equities Realty

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group

Kevin Pound, Architect

chicago brt work
Chicago BRT Work
  • Branding
  • Communications
  • Outreach
  • Design Competition
  • Business Advisory Group
  • Land Use Coordination
branding
Branding

System Branding

    • Develop brand standards
      • Hours of operation
      • Frequency
      • Minimum speed and reliability
      • Design standards
      • Amenities
    • Develop design standards
      • Logo and color
      • Messaging
  • Jeffery Jump

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communications
Communications

Strategic Communications Plan

  • Six key messages
  • Organize communications and Outreach

Website

  • www.BRTChicago.com

Focus Groups

  • Test Messaging and Branding

Newsletter

    • Sign up in Back

Media Plan

outreach
Outreach

Phase 2

  • North LSD
  • River North / Streeterville
  • Citywide
  • Supporters list

Phase 1

  • Western / Ashland
    • Aldermen
      • 30 meetings
    • Neighborhood Groups
      • 36 organizations
    • Pop-up Meetings
      • 3 meetings
      • One BRT happy hour
design competition
Design Competition

Las Vegas, NV, Rendering

business advisory group
Business Advisory Group
  • Engage downtown business leaders
  • Modeled on other cities
  • Could include
    • Marketing expertise
    • Surveys
    • Data
  • Political support
land use coordination
Land Use Coordination
  • MPC
    • Supporting DHED study
    • Engaging with developers
    • BRT Roundtable this Friday, March 1
  • Dept. of Housing, Economic Development (DHED) Study
    • Western/Ashland corridors
    • Rezoning
    • Adjusting parking requirements
    • Design standards
    • Market Study
    • Add BRT-related amenities
      • Shelter, benches, bus tracker
    • Incentives
stay in touch
Website

www.BRTChicago.com

Twitter

#BRTChicago

CTA

www.transitchicago.com

CDOT

www.chicagodot.org

Stay In Touch

Christopher Ziemann, AICP

Chicago BRT Project Manager

cziemann@transitchicago.com

CTA: 312-681-4289

CDOT: 312-744-8251

Cell: 919-360-8581