Rathwell S.,McCormick Rankin Corporation Office |
King M.,McCormick Rankin Corporation Office
ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers) | Year: 2011
Some of the issues and constraints that need to be considered when developing alternative designs for median bus rapid transit (BRT) on urban arterial roads are discussed. The flexible nature of BRT means that it can take a number of different forms physically and operationally. Consideration should be given as to whether or not the adjacent roadways can accommodate traffic following the conversion of existing mixed-flow lanes, medians, and stations. It is also taken into view that minimum BRT lane widths are generally wider than is necessary for mixed-use traffic. The need to maintain existing on-street parking facilities may limit the types of median BRT facilities that can be accommodated. Opportunities to provide additional parking on adjacent streets should be investigated. Considerations should also be given to the impacts that future utilities infrastructure maintenance and replacement activities would have on the operation of the BRT systems.