When the Transportation Tomorrow project was initiated in 1996, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was one of many transportation modes under consideration. By 1998, it was decided to pursue Rapid Transit and a broad corridor was selected. A year later, the modes were narrowed to Light Rail Transit (LRT) or BRT. By the end of 2000, a decision was made to continue preliminary engineering based on an LRT system.
However, BRT remains part of the overarching Transportation Tomorrow project in three ways:
- As preliminary engineering explores the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of LRT as a strategy for the corridor, an analysis of "enhanced buses" that would include the features of a BRT system is also moving forward. It is believed that BRT or enhanced bus may be reviewed in more depth if LRT proves not feasible or as an interim strategy while LRT is being further developed.
- The Transportation Tomorrow Long Range Corridor Analysis (August, 2001) has identified six corridors for potential "advanced transit" treatment in future years. These corridors have been identified based on land use and community development opportunities and the availability of existing infrastructure. Many technology options for those corridors are under consideration and in four of those corridors, BRT remains a viable alternative.
- As part of the Transportation Tomorrow Light Rail project in the South Central corridor, bus service will be augmented and reconfigured to better serve the Light Rail line. The project budget includes $25 million to enhance bus service. While shuttles and traditional fixed route service is currently under review for that purpose, consideration may be given to developing BRT lines to interface with the Light Rail.
Because of TARCís continued interest in BRT, our project remains affiliated with the BRT demonstration program sponsored by the FTA.
For more information about Transportation Tomorrow, contact J. Barry Barker, Executive Director of TARC, 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203. He can be reached by phone at 502-561-5100 or email at email@example.com.
Updated November 5, 2002