A BRT Grows in Brooklyn: Redesigning an Urban Arterial for Better Public Transit

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9 a.m. - noon
CM | 2.50
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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.


Robert Thompson , New York , NY (see bio)
Eric Beaton , Brooklyn , NY
Theodore Orosz , AICP CTP , , Saratoga Springs , NY (see bio)