Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations

Dates: April 20-23, 2020

Meets: M, Tu, W and Th from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Online

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This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.

Credits

This course grants 1.0 CEUs and 10 AICP CMs (AICP CMs pending approval), and 10 PTP PDHs

Description

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

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Topics Include

  • Definition, attributes, and history of BRT
  • BRT benefits and costs
  • Varieties of BRT deployment
  • BRT vehicles
  • BRT stop amenities
  • Marketing BRT
  • BRT corridor and system planning
  • Optimal BRT

What You Will Learn

Students will acquire BRT planning and design capability. They will learn how to design a BRT line and network, select BRT vehicles and stop amenities, BRT branding and marketing, and integrating BRT with other transit modes. Students will also increase their understanding of the interdisciplinary collaboration essential in creating a successful BRT line or system.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies, as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will all find the course useful. The course is appropriate for both the urban and the suburban perspectives.

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you do not test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

Or email us with your questions at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

Or call us at 510-643-4393

Notes:

This class has four, two hour and thirty minute sessions on Monday and Wednesdays.

Monday, April 20, 2020 :: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. :: Pacific Time
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 :: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. :: Pacific Time
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 :: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. :: Pacific Time
Thursday, April 23, 2020 :: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook. Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you’re worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Jenny Grandbois at Jeno_@berkeley.edu, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don’t test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

Warning:

Please Note:   This is an online class
Hours:10.00
CEUs:1.00

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 145.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 290.00

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James Lightbody

Senior Project Manager, Lightbody Consulting

Mr. Lightbody is a Senior Project Manager with extensive experience working in transportation and community development. He is currently managing transportation projects for the City of Mountain View and recently served as Interim Chief Transportation Official with the City of Palo Alto. Mr. Lightbody has also managed transit and corridor planning projects for AECOM. He has been lead instructor and course developer for the Bus Rapid Transit training course sponsored by the National Transit Institute. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Lightbody served for 33 years as a senior manager with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), most recently as Deputy Director for Planning and Development. Mr. Lightbody also represented VTA on the BRT Consortium established by FTA and participated on TCRP panels conducting BRT research.


Ronald Kilcoyne

Senior Manager, TMD Consulting Services

Mr. Kilcoyne is a transit professional with 39 years of experience. Ron is currently Senior Manager with TMD (Transit Management and Design) Consulting. He previously served as General Manager for Lane Transit District in Eugene OR, Greater Bridgeport Transit in Bridgeport CT and Santa Clarita Transit in CA and Manager of Research and Planning for AC Transit in Oakland CA. Ron oversaw the planning and design of the third phase of Eugene's BRT system and led the first complete restructuring of the AC Transit route network. Ron is currently chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Urban Design Standards Group and co-chair of APTA's Land Use and Economic Development sub -committee. He has advised USGBC regarding credits and prerequisites relating to access for LEED classifications.

Date Day Time Location
04/20/2020Monday11 AM to 1:30 PM Online
04/21/2020Tuesday11 AM to 1:30 PM Online
04/22/2020Wednesday11 AM to 1:30 PM Online
04/23/2020Thursday11 AM to 1:30 PM Online

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