Trains are wonderful but too expensive for most cities. A bus operating like a train may help smaller places afford quality mass transit.

In this video, I chat with three mass transit experts: Victoria Perk of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. Jennifer Flynn of the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI at CUTR). Mary Delamare-Schaefer of the Utah Transit Authority who operates a BRT route in Utah.

Sources cited:

Metro Orange Line BRT Evaluation, USDOT

History of Bus Rapid Transit, Wikipedia

“Proposed route for BRT system” (The Daily Herald), 06/11/04, p.D3

History of Runcorn Busway, Commercial Motor

History of Runcorn Busway, Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Berlin Modal Ridership, Wikipedia

Rubber Tires for Residents, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)

Preliminary Evaluation of Orange Line, Portland State University for TRB

“Promise to Valley Could Derail Metro Rail” (LA Times), 08/23/86, p.A6
“Important Notice for San Fernando Valley Residents” (LA Times), 06/16/87, p.8
“Senate Sidetracks Light-Rail Ban, Metro Rail Delay” (LA Times), 09/12/87, p.A6
“Governor Signs Bill Calling for Underground Rail Line” (LA Times), 06/25/91, B7
“MTA Seeks to Ensure Valley Busway Funds” (LA Times), 02/06/03, p.B3
“New Busway Gears Up for Fall Debut” (LA Times), 07/18/05, p.A12

Queue Jump Improvement, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

“Unsafe at any speed?” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), 05/25/89, p.4

Utah Transit Authority Ridership Data (Feb. 2020)

Los Angeles Metro Ridership Data (Feb. 2020)

Property Values Near Transit, National Institute for Transportation and Communities

Road Guy Rob

Rob is a 12-year veteran public radio reporter and talk show producer. Other staffers at the station called him the "road guy" because he kept running off to cover all the transportation stories. Rob has degrees in Geography (BS, 2010) and Civil Engineering (MS, 2018).

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