A BRT Grows in Brooklyn: Redesigning an Urban Arterial for Better Public Transit
You'll learn about:
The planning principles needed to select a corridor, design and locate stations, conduct public participation, design a traffic signal priority system, and introduce off-board fare collection.
The challenges one can expect when implementing a BRT system and offer guidance to overcome those challenges.
This mobile workshop is designed to inform planners of the challenges, best practices, and unforeseen problems associated with implementing BRT services in a dense urban environment. The lessons learned from this Mobile Workshop are easily transferrable to Light Rail / Streetcar planning as the work required to select an alignment, choose stations, introduce traffic signal priority, and inaugurate off-board fare collection are identical. Nostrand Avenue and Utica Avenue are two of the corridors with the richest bus service in New York City. They were are ideal candidates for BRT service. Patronage on these bus corridors exceeds ridership on all of a few light rail systems in the United States.
Corridor selection was based on a quantitative screening process conducted 10 years ago. Most of the corridors identified through that planning process have either seen implementation of BRT service, or are in a planning process leading to implementation. Because of its promising route characteristics, Nostrand Avenue was selected to be an FTA-funded Small Start and ultimately was launched in November 2013. Utica Avenue was launched in July 2016.
The speakers, all planners, will be Eric Beaton, director of Transit development at NYCDOT, Robert Thompson, Director of Long Range Bus Planning at NYCT, and Ted Orosz, AICP CTP, Technical Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff. They will explain the following topics to the participants:
· Corridor selection process
· Public Outreach
· Station Selection and Design
· Maintaining curb access for deliveries, and other neighborhood needs
· Bus lane design
· Traffic signal priority
· Off-board fare collection, and enforcement
· Intermodal connectivity
· Transit Center design at North terminal
· Bus characteristics
At the end of the workshop participants will have a clear understanding of what it takes to implement BRT service in an urban arterial environment.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRobert Thompson has a Bachelor's Degree from Carleton College and a Masters in Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and has over 20 years of planning experience. He has worked at NYC DOT in both pedestrian and BRT planning, and he is currently at MTA New York City Transit, where he was a bus transit planner and is currently Manager of Long Range Bus Service Planning.
, AICP CTP
, Saratoga Springs
Confirmed SpeakerTed Orosz AICP CTP has over 40 years of planning experience. Ted worked at an MPO in Massachusetts and at The Minnesota State Planning Agency. He then joined the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York CIty, where he worked for 30 years. Ted managed Bus Service Planning for Manhattan and the Bronx for many years. Then, as director of Long Range Bus Planning, he managed the implementation of seven BRT services. Ted has co-authored several TRB papers, and an article in Practicing Planner. He has taught a class in Public Transportation Planning at graduate programs for over 10 years. Since 2014 Ted has been a Technical Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff--Now WSP--specializing in bus and BRT planning.