Bus Rapid Transit
Metro’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provides fast, reliable and convenient bus service throughout LA County with dedicated bus lanes, traffic-signal priority and high-quality stations with all-door boarding.
What is Metro's vision for BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit creates a distinct mobility solution with many of the same benefits as light rail service, but at significantly less cost and with a faster build time. BRT offers reliable, frequent transit service in LA County with bus speed improvements over local bus service, operational enhancements and minimal infrastructure needs. Local examples of BRT service include the G Line (Orange), serving the San Fernando Valley and the J Line (Silver), serving El Monte, downtown LA and San Pedro.
Metro’s vision for BRT in LA County is outlined in our BRT Vision & Principles Study. The report includes BRT Design Guidelines with further reference on design details and features of Metro BRT projects.
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|
For a comprehensive report on Metro’s BRT project development guidelines, goals and objectives, please see our BRT Vision and Principles Study. With BRT, Metro is truly creating a transit service that is the convenient choice for connecting customers and communities.
Name: Martha Butler, Project Manager
Address: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
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