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26.11.14

BRT PROJECTS * USA: Connecticut - Michigan - Massachusetts - Virginia

* Connecticut - CTfastrak, bus-only corridor, to open in March


(Photo from WTNH, by George DeYounge) 
Newington,CONN,USA -AP/WTNH -November 25, 2014: -- The state Department of Transportation says the $567 million bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain will begin operating in late March... The CTfastrak project includes 11 stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford, with buses running every three-to-six minutes during peak commuting hours... The 9.4-mile corridor also will be used by buses that will exit the system to bring passengers to destinations such as Westfarms Mall, Manchester Community College, UConn Health Center and Central Connecticut State University... Officials say Hartford Express buses also will run from Bristol, Cheshire, Southington and Waterbury, entering the bus-only corridor once they reach New Britain...


* Michigan - Local officials talking options for Ypsilanti express bus to downtown Ann Arbor

(Photo by Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News - An AAATA bus picks up passengers in downtown Ann Arbor at the end of the work day on Friday before heading to Ypsilanti via Washtenaw Avenue) 
Ipsilante,MICH,USA -M Live, by Ryan Stanton -October 27, 2014-- Talks of launching an express bus service from the Ypsilanti area straight into downtown Ann Arbor -- without stops in between -- are picking up... The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has approached the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to see if there's a way to get the service going to make it easier for more people from the Ypsilanti area to commute to work in Ann Arbor without a car... The AAATA's five-year plan, funded by a new 0.7-mill tax approved by voters in May, anticipates express bus service from the Ypsilanti area starting in August 2017... 

  
* Massachusetts - Freeport meeting airs possibility of weekend METRO buses


(Photo: Express Bus to Freeport and Yarmouth in the Works. Portland Metro's Denise Beck discusses possible Freeport-express route stops with a Metro rider) 
Freeport,MASS,USA -The Forecaster, by Kate Gardner -November 24, 2014: -- The proposed METRO express bus service from Portland to Yarmouth and FreeportThe Greater Portland Transit District began its community outreach on Nov. 17 with an information gathering session in Portland... The express bus service would begin in Portland and make stops in Falmouth, Yarmouth, and Freeport. The original plan, presented at a Freeport meeting in June, was for a commuter-centric, rush-hour service with morning and evening buses that would also serve Cumberland... METRO General Manager, Greg Jordan said, METRO will now look at the feedback to determine possible bus routes. He said more meetings will be held with the public in the spring, when the designs are ready to be reviewed before being finalized...


* Virginia - Better Buses: For much less money, the county can still get much-improved mobility


(Photo: Its streetcar plan defeated, Arlington looks to better buses) 
Arlington,VA,USA -City Lab, by ERIC JAFFE -Nov 24, 2014: -- Last week, Arlington County, Virginia, abruptly canceled a proposed five-mile streetcar line on Columbia Pike that was years in the making. Project supporters didn't react well to the news. But the streetcar cancellation doesn't have to harm Arlington mobility. The opposition wasn't against public transportation at large, but rather the unfortunate tendency of recent high-cost U.S.A. streetcar systems to operate alongside cars in mixed traffic—a practice many transit experts discourage. To that end, board member Libby Garvey tells, she's very eager to improve local transit and hopes the county wastes no time advancing plans for a low-cost, bus-rapid transit-style alternative... The figures present a compelling case that BRT-style service could be nearly as effective as a streetcar in terms of mobility, at a fraction of the cost... The upsides to an enhanced bus could be even greater—on both service and economics alike—if Arlington were able to operate the system as true BRT, in a dedicated transit lane. But the county's maintenance agreement on Columbia Pike precludes such an arrangement, requiring four mixed traffic lanes (via Blue Virginia)Arlington could always request a change to that contract, but the negative impact on car congestion may be too great, and since the streetcar would also have shared a lane with cars, this particular design element is a wash for the sake of comparison...


* USA - Another BRT projects & funds for 

Washington,DC,USA -The Washington Business Journal, by Michael Neibauer -Nov 25, 2014: ... The Washington region was awarded a $58.8 million TIGER grant in 2010, from which the TSP system will be financed... That same grant is partly responsible for Alexandria's new dedicated Route 1 bus lane, D.C. traffic signal optimization, the Takoma-Langley Transit Center, replacement PRTC buses, and TSP systems on University Boulevard and Route 1 in Maryland, Van Dorn Street and Leesburg Pike...

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