Bus Rapid Transit Technical Workshop
REGION 10 BULLETIN NO: 06-23
SUBJECT: Bus Rapid Transit Technical Workshop
PROGRAM AREAS: Planning, Engineering, Grants
DATE: August 15, 2006
It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) technical workshop on bus rapid transit (BRT), co-hosted by Community Transit, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit. This free workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be held at the Seattle Public Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington, September 28, 2006. Only the 4th Avenue doors of the Library will be open before regular business hours (10 am – 8 pm). Lunch will be provided to attendees who register in advance.
BRT uses a “family of technologies” to combine the flexibility of bus service with the speed and ease-of-use of rail. By providing enhancements such as frequent all-day service, faster trips, more comfortable vehicles and stations, and advanced customer information, BRT can increase ridership, improve transit’s image, and help promote transit-oriented development. BRT has been successfully implemented in many overseas locations, as well as the United States.
The workshop is intended to:
1) Provide a forum for discussion on the subject of bus rapid transit for transportation professionals and public agencies located in Region 10.
2) Share information on BRT with transit managers, planners and engineers via presentations and case studies from successful transit leaders.
3) Highlight key practices and federal funding opportunities.
4) Allow for open and informal dialogue between representatives from diverse civil and governmental transit-related agencies.
Under the sponsorship of the FTA, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit, this workshop has been developed by the Breakthrough Technologies Institute, a technological research organization specializing in environmental projects based in Washington, DC, and the National BRT Institute, Tampa. Special effort will be made to engage all participants in informational dialog, complemented by structured presentations. In addition, this workshop will draw upon a combination of interactive methods.
It is my hope that all stakeholders in the metropolitan and statewide planning process will participate, including state Departments of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and transit operators.
Space is limited, so please register with Deborah Ensor at firstname.lastname@example.org with the enclosed registration form by September 8, 2006.
I look forward to seeing you in Seattle.
Richard F. Krochalis