South Miami-Dade Busway System Summary Evaluation

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The South Miami-Dade Busway System Evaluation provides an initial record and analysis of the newly implemented Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.  Information compiled and presented in this document acts as an historical summary, including details of system characteristics, ridership data, marketing efforts and the use of technologies.  Results extracted through an on-board survey distributed among Busway users serve as a review of the system.  The National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI) completed the assessment of the Busway system with assistance from the Miami-Dade Transit Authority and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The FTA has determined the South Miami-Dade Busway as one of its BRT demonstration projects.  The demonstration projects, located throughout the United States, were selected based on a solicitation published in the Federal Register and are to be evaluated by the FTA.  The aim of the BRT Demonstration Initiative is to implement features of successful BRT systems located throughout the world in a manner that will be compatible with conditions in the U.S.  The purpose of the evaluation of each site is to determine what specifications are the most effective among BRT systems and the types of features that benefit and hinder the operation of the system in order to develop an approach to BRT that is suitable within the U.S.

The objectives of the FTA’s Demonstration efforts are to improve bus service, operations and ridership through improved bus speeds and schedule adherence.  The FTA specifically aims to minimize the effect on other traffic and local businesses, determine the benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems/Automated Public Transportation Systems and evaluate the effect BRT systems have on land use and development.

For additional information, please contact Karen Facen.

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