PL-60 Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations
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This class has four, two hour, thirty minute (2.5 hour) sessions on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesdays, April 18, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time
Thursday, April 20, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time
Tuesdays, April 25, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time
Thursday, April 27, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time
This is an 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 that you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture.
Category Description Amount Course Fee (Basic) CA Public Agency $ 145.00 Course Fee (Alternate) Standard fee $ 290.00
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.
CreditsThis course grants 1.0 CEUs and 10 AICP CMs (AICP CMs pending approval), and 10 PTP PDHs
DescriptionBus 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.
- 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 LearnStudents 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 AttendThe 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.
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