Bus Rapid Transit Next Year
04-17-09 - So this is exciting! South Virginia could see bus rapid transit service in place by next Fall, something that wasn't planned to begin for 5 to 10 years. The service officials are envisioning will use bullet-shaped streamlined buses that will travel in dedicated lanes on South Virginia Street, and have around 14 stops, compared to the 44 the route currently has; 7 stops in each direction, although initially until the busses arrive, existing RTC busses would be used. It will use it's own dedicated lane and most likely have right-of-way at traffic lights, if they follow the previous BRT study done a few years ago. I just posted an article about the successes of true BRT in other cities last week.
A kind friendly note to the organizations involved with making this happen; Make this a REAL BRT, with dedicated lanes, futuristic train busses, and quick ride times. Cities that have simply dressed up their current routes with fancy busses but neglect to put the 'rapid' in Bus Rapid Transit have found their projects to fail or not be as successful as they could have been. Source: RGJ
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Posted by: MattO - 4/17/2009 8:50:16 AM
Reno is getting to be a big city, this is proof
Posted by: JP - 4/17/2009 9:37:00 PM
I hear you on that one about making the system a true bus RAPID transit line!
I was in Mexico City a few weeks ago and their Bus Rapid Transit system is incredible. The stations look like they belong on a light rail system and the buses go pretty fast in their dedicated right of ways. I just thought how cool would it be if Reno had that, and now it may just very well happen! One step in the right direction for planning for people and not machines!
Posted by: Roger - 4/20/2009 1:05:07 PM
You have a bad link to this one -- I was trying to see what you posted about the casinos charging for parking during the ball games.
Posted by: DowntownMakeoverDude - 4/20/2009 1:34:15 PM
Hi Roger sorry about that! Somehow that page was overwritten with another one of my posts. I basically said I was against it, when other events that draw far more people at once (like the Blew and Brews Festival) they don't charge for parking so why should they for baseball...however I was quickly overuled by the majority of my readers who said it was much ado about nothing.