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Turning a BRT Line into a
Successful
Network
C-TRAN and Metro Transit offer examples of how
expanding a BRT line to a network offers a host
of opportunities to bring better service, improved
efficiency and better cost-effectiveness.
By Tom Shook and Ryan Bauman, contributors
A
fter the opening of a popular
bus rapid transit (BRT)
line, C-TRAN in Vancouver,
Wash., is gearing up for the
opening of a second line
currently under construction.
Moreover, C-TRAN
is ready to enter planning
for its third line.
In Minneapolis, Metro Transit
is constructing its third arterial
BRT line, building on the success
of its first two.
These two communities in different
regions share one thing: the
appetite to build on their success
and create not just a single BRT
line, but a network. Both cities
partnered with transit industry
consultant HDR to help plan and
design these expansions.
The $50 million Mill Plain BRT,
C-TRAN's second BRT line, will
run approximately 10 miles along
Mill Plain Boulevard between historic
Downtown Vancouver and
PASSENGERS
WAIT for a
C Line bus
in Brooklyn
Center, Minn.
the growing Columbia Tech Center
in East Vancouver, featuring
38 stations and a new nine-bay
transit center.
The nine-mile METRO C Line,
which opened in 2019, connected
North Minneapolis with jobs and
opportunities from Brooklyn Center
to downtown Minneapolis. The
line logged its millionth rider just
five months after opening. Now
under construction, the METRO
D Line is on-deck to open later this
year. This line features 77 platform
locations across four cities, delivering
a fast, frequent, all-day upgrade
to the highest ridership bus
route in Minnesota.
" In the Twin Cities, we're
building out a network of fast,
frequent, all-day BRT services
to help residents and visitors
in our region make all kinds of
trips without needing a car. "
-KATIE ROTH, Metro Transit
" In the Twin Cities, we're building
out a network of fast, frequent,
all-day BRT services to help residents
and visitors in our region
make all kinds of trips without
needing a car, " said Katie Roth,
Metro Transit's director of arterial
BRT. " With each new link in that
network, we're broadening access
to opportunity and making our
whole system stronger. "
With every new BRT line, the
transit industry should challenge
itself to improve. These two communities
did just that - and they
found success by working in the
conceptual phase to gain feedback
and focus improvement efforts on
the areas of highest need.
To do this, they packaged nearAll
images courtesy of HDR
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by projects to streamline costs,
conducted outreach to improve
passenger experience and solicited
staff feedback. C-TRAN also designed
the project to cost, exerting
financial discipline to allow a community's
vision to become a reality.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March_2022

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Riders are Coming Back but Where are the Drivers?
Turning a BRT Line into a Successful Network
Capital Programs Strike Steady Pace
How the Village of Bedford Park and Uber Connect People to Jobs
Sound Transit Driving Consensus Against All Odds
Products
Best Practices
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March_2022 - Riders are Coming Back but Where are the Drivers?
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March_2022 - Capital Programs Strike Steady Pace
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March_2022 - How the Village of Bedford Park and Uber Connect People to Jobs
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