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Vermont Bus Rapid Transit Technical Study (Phase I)

The Vermont Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Technical Study (Phase I) was completed in February 2017.

The purpose of the Vermont BRT Technical Study was to assess the feasibility of implementing BRT, including strategies for improving bus service along the corridor.  The key study objectives included:

  • Identify existing conditions affecting bus service performance and establish the need for improvements;
  • Describe conditions/constraints, both physical and operational, affecting BRT planning and design;
  • Evaluate the feasibility and challenges associated with potential BRT concepts;
  • Identify project benefits, potential impacts, and key tradeoffs associated with BRT implementation; and
  • Identify promising BRT concepts to carry forward into the next level of study.

Several project goals were also identified including:

  • Enhance the customer experience
    • Better passenger amenities
    • Improve pedestrian/bicycle access
  • Improve service performance
    • Reduce passenger travel times
    • Improve service reliability
    • Increase ridership
  • Invest in the community
    • Improve mobility and livability

As a result of the study, four initial BRT concepts were identified and evaluated.  Of the four concepts, two stood out as being the most promising in terms of providing the greatest benefits and include:

  • End-to-End Side-Running BRT, and
  • Combination Side and Center-Running BRT

Vermont Transit Corridor - Rail Conversion/Feasibility Technical Study (Phase II)

The purpose of the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Technical Study (Phase II) is to re-evaluate the initial BRT concepts previously identified in the Vermont BRT Technical Study to ensure that any design of a BRT system on Vermont does not preclude a potential future conversion to rail.. The Vermont BRT is funded and included as a Measure M project with an opening date of FY 2028-2030.

Although there is no immediate funding for rail, the Vermont Transit Corridor – Rail Conversion/Feasibility Study, will also include evaluating and comparing potential rail alternatives such as heavy rail, light rail, and/or streetcar/tram.    The Study will also forecast ridership thresholds that inform the conversion of BRT to rail and will evaluate opportunities to facilitate and promote Transit Oriented Community (TOC) outcomes for each alternative.

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