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Los Angeles Bus Rapid Transit Tour Lessons Learned. The Model - L.A. Metro BRT. With support from 36 Commuting Solutions, RTD, CDOT and U.S. 36 Coalition visited L.A. Metro June 1-3, 2011 13 attendees represented the corridor coalition Half-day of BRT and HOT lanes presentations

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The model l a metro brt
The Model - L.A. Metro BRT

  • With support from 36 Commuting Solutions, RTD, CDOT and U.S. 36 Coalition visited L.A. Metro June 1-3, 2011

  • 13 attendees represented the corridor coalition

  • Half-day of BRT and HOT lanes presentations

  • Tours of BRT and ExpressLanes Projects

U s 36 brt tour to los angeles
U.S. 36 BRT Tour to Los Angeles

  • Presentations

    • Metro ExpressLanes Program and Silver Line Service

    • Orange Line Transit Operations

    • Metro Branding and Marketing

    • Transit Access Pass (TAP) Program

    • Metro Bike Program

    • El Monte Transit Center

U s 36 brt tour to los angeles cont
U.S. 36 BRT Tour to Los Angeles (cont.)

  • Tours

    • El Monte Busway and Harbor Transitway

    • Orange Line BRT

U s 36 brt tour to los angeles cont1
U.S. 36 BRT Tour to Los Angeles (cont.)

  • Elements of BRT observed during trip:

    • Prepaid tickets

    • Quick Boarding

    • Vehicle Types

    • Branding

    • Stations

    • Bicycle storage

Los angeles bus rapid transit tour lessons learned

U.S. 36 BRT Tour to Los Angeles (cont.)

  • Tour Benefits

    • Established foundation for unified vision for US 36 BRT

    • Highlighted potential trade-offs for consideration

    • Described potential BRT system integration

    • Provided lessons-learned considerations for implementation

    • Solidified relationships with RTD, CDOT and U.S. 36 Coalition

    • Established relationships with Metro leaders

Application to u s 36 corridor implementation
Application to U.S. 36 Corridor Implementation

  • The Tour of Los Angeles’ BRT systems provided an example of many elements that should be included in the planning and implementation of U.S. 36 BRT, including:

  • Running Way

  • Stations

  • Vehicles

  • Fare Collection

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

  • Service and Operations

  • Branding and Marketing Elements

Running way
Running Way

Orange Line

LA Metro:

  • Orange Line: The line is 14.3 miles, 14 stations, seven park-n-ride lots.

  • Metro ExpressLanes Project: Conversion of HOV lanes to HOT lanes on I-10 and I-110. Tolling begins Fall 2012.

  • New Silver Line express bus: Service consolidated two lines on the I-10 and four lines on the I-110 Freeways. Ridership has already improved 37%.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Managed lanes will serve as the running way.

  • Ten out of 18 miles constructed from Pecos Street to Interlocken Loop.

  • Queue jumps: construction to begin at McCaslin and Church Ranch summer 2011.

  • Metro ExpressLanes Project


Station along the Orange Line.

LA Metro:

  • Orange Lineincludes Side-loading stations with public phones, restrooms, seating and shelter, and trash receptacles.

  • Metro ExpressLanesProject includes center and side-loading stations with planned future installations of fare machines, restrooms at each end of Silver Line terminus, and a new two-story 25 bus bay station now under construction at I-10 terminus.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Side-loading ramp stations that could include level boarding platforms at existing Park-n-Rides.

  • Coordinate infrastructure design and construction with the distinctive and consistent visual branding of stations.

  • Crime prevention.

  • Seating space and shelter protects waiting passengers.

  • Stations include ticket vending and validating machines.


LA Metro:

  • Orange Line uses NABI 60B.01 vehicles, which include multiple door boarding, low floors, sleek design and unique, dedicated graphics match station graphics.

  • Metro ExpressLanes Program uses NABI 45C-LFW vehicles, which include frontdoor boarding, low floors, and sleek design.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Existing Fleet of over-the-road coaches have high floors, single door boarding, and are unbranded.

  • Fleet could be repainted/ re-decaled for unique image, and could match graphics at stations.

  • Can incorporate BRT vehicles as part of RTD’s rolling stock change.

  • Develop specifications that work for rapid boarding as well as long-haul comfort.

  • Seek grant opportunities to purchase BRT vehicles.

Orange Line vehicle

  • Silver Line vehicle

Fare collection
Fare Collection

LA Metro:

  • Orange Line has no fare boxes on vehicles, and operators do not validate fares. There are pre-paid fare kiosks at all stations for Transit Access Pass (TAP program).

  • Metro ExpressLanesProject currently has on board fare payment, although off board fare payment is planned.

  • Even with the TAP, LA Metro finds prepaid fares worthwhile for travel time savings/ customer service.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Smart Card technology is planned for implementation system-wide.

  • At a minimum, select high-ridership, pilot locations which would benefit from pre-paid fares and evaluate boarding time benefits with current vehicle fleet.

TAP card

TAP card validator

Ticket vending machine

Off-board fare validators and ticket vending machines at stations

Intelligent transportation systems its
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

LA Metro:

  • Global Positioning System relays information between bus operations for real-time location.

  • Signalized transit priority at all intersections.

  • Automated stop announcements on buses.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Transit Signal Prioritization study to begin in 2011 to identify Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure and corresponding roadway impacts to add transit prioritization at four intersections along U.S. 36.

  • Fiber in the project area will be included.

  • Connecting conduit at each of the BRT stations to provide RTD customers with travel information.

  • Variable Message Signs (VMS) at each BRT station with real-time bus arrival information, and automated stop announcement on vehicles.

Orange Line buses receive priority at all signalized intersections.

Service and operations
Service and Operations

LA Metro:

  • Orange Line has 4 minute peak, 10 minute off-peak frequency

  • Metro ExpressLanesProject Silver Line has 4 minute peak on I-10, 8 minute peak on I-110, and 15 minute off-peak frequency

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • Service plan needed to maximize benefit of managed lanes with “express families”.

  • Service increase from bus travel time savings, FasTracks Operations as well as toll revenue supporting transit operations.

Metro’s Bus Rapid Transit operations rely on high frequency service rather than timetables.

Branding and marketing elements
Branding and Marketing Elements

LA Metro:

  • Significant investment in Metro branding and route color coding integrated into vehicles, stations, bus shelters, collateral materials, advertising, etc.

    U.S. 36 BRT:

  • RTD is developing a implementation plan to create a brand identity into infrastructure elements such as the bus shelters, vehicles, pedestrian bridges, etc.

  • As the branding scheme unfolds identify any infrastructure finishes that could be incorporated.