Give your input
Metro Transit is choosing the next Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors as part of their Network Next project. (BRT is like a regular bus, but faster, with fewer stops!) One of the 11 potential routes goes through the West Side via Robert Street. Check out the potential routes.
Once you take a look at the routes, Metro Transit wants your input on the questions below. Email your thoughts to NetworkNext@metrotransit.org.
- Which of the 11 potential BRT corridors would you most likely use?
- Are there any changes you'd make to the proposed BRT corridors?
- What principles should we use to prioritize or select the next routes to study further?
Why should I care?
When all of us – no matter what we look like or how much money we make – can affordably get where we need to go for work and play, we can reduce racial and economic disparities in our community. In addition, when more of us use public transit, we can improve air quality in our neighborhood, and make investments that lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future. Plus, BRT is simply a more convenient way to get around.
BRT is faster than standard local bus service. Here’s how:
Buses make fewer stops, significantly speeding up travel time. It helps buses stay better in sync with traffic flow.
Ticket machines at stations allow customers to purchase tickets before boarding. There’s no need to line up at the farebox.
Low-floor buses and raised curbs at stations, plus wider bus doors and boarding from the front and back, speed up boarding.
Extending the curb at stations saves time. Buses can merge more easily into traffic after serving a station.
Signal priority allows buses to move through traffic lights a bit faster.
BRT provides a more comfortable experience
Enhanced shelters at BRT stations provide protection from the weather and a safe, comfortable and convenient customer waiting space. Features include:
Information about the route, transit system and surrounding area
Ticket machines for buying a ticket using cash or credit card
Litter and recycling containers
Network Next is a 20-year plan for expanding and improving the bus network. Transit improvements under consideration include improved local and express routes, integrated shared mobility options, and new arterial BRT lines. Sign up for updates about Network Next.
Check out this blog post by Metro Transit to get even more background on the Network Next Bus Rapid Transit project.