Bus Rapid Transit
What is Metro's vision for BRT?
Why is BRT an attractive option for select corridors?
There are several advantages to Bus Rapid Transit that make it an attractive option for fast, frequent bus service in select corridors across LA County. BRT standards and design guidelines can be flexible to meet the diverse needs of cities and transit operators in the region. BRT service can also leverage existing infrastructure by using streets and highways, and does not require a separate right-of-way. If conditions change over time along a BRT corridor, routing can be adjusted.
Additionally, BRT is a cost-effective transit option. Even at the highest levels of infrastructure investment, BRT costs much less than both light and heavy rail options. Based on completed and current Metro BRT projects in development, as well as a review of BRT lines around North America, the cost per mile for BRT implementation falls roughly within the following ranges.
|LOW RANGE ESTIMATE||MEDIUM RANGE ESTIMATE||HIGH RANGE ESTIMATE|
|$10-15 million/mile||$25-30 million/mile||$100+ million/mile|
|Approximately 20% of route has a dedicated running way, no or minimal right-of-way acquisition, no grade-separation||At least 50% of route has a dedicated running way; no or minimal right-of-way acquisition, no grade-separation||At least 80% of route has a dedicated running way; extensive right-of-way acquisition and/or grade-separation|
Name: Martha Butler, Project Manager
Address: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
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