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Integrating Livability Principles into Transit Planning: Screening Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Opportunities

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 17, Issue 3 (2014) by Joshua K. Anderson and Josh Ellis  Pilot Chicago Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes proposed in 2008 were impractical to build, did not meet Institute for Transportation and Development Policy defined “gold standard” BRT, and were selected without considering the Livability Principles guiding investment by the U.S. government. Streets incompatible with BRT and not meeting basic constructability standards were eliminated. The remaining contiguous street sections were scored on the weighted performance of 14 quantitative proxies for the Livability Principles. Transit connectivity considerations further refined the pool to produce potential BRT routes. For discussion purposes, these routes were organized into a hypothetical BRT network to complement the existing rapid transit system; potential 2010 travel demand impacts were modeled. This study identified 10 potential … Read entire article »

Filed under: Journal of Public Transportation Abstracts

Estimating Demand for Intercity Bus Services: A Network Approach

(Center Identification Number: 79050-02-A) Problem Statement A significant need exists for creating a model to estimate demand for intercity bus services, especially in rural areas. Many states and rural operators are unsure about the potential demand for rural intercity bus service, and many of the existing models are unreliable due to poor data (Fravel et al. 2011). To address this need, a TCRP project by Fravel et al. (2011) developed a sketch-planning guide that could be used by state transportation department program managers and both public and private rural intercity bus service providers to forecast demand for rural intercity bus services. The route-level modeling techniques used in this TCRP report provide a useful tool for estimating ridership on rural intercity routes, but it has some limitations. It does not account for through … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

Guidelines for Bus Transit Stops in Highway Construction Work Zones

(Center Identification Number: 79060-02-B) Principal Investigator: Fabian Cevallos, Ph.D., Transit Program Director Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) Florida International University (FIU) 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3609 Miami, FL 33174 fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu (305) 348-3144 DSR Administrative Contact: Roberto M. Gutierrez, Director, Pre-Award Florida International University (FIU) Division of Research 11200 SW 8th St. (MARC – 430) Miami, FL 33199 gutierrr@fiu.edu (305) 348-8312 FDOT Project Manager: Diane Quigley, Transit Planning Administrator Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450 diane.quigley@dot.state.fl.us (850) 414-4520 Research Problem Statement Fixed route transit systems provide a valuable transportation mode for many of our citizens. Users depend upon bus transit for access to the essentials of life: employment, medical care, shopping and other mobility needs. Therefore, maintaining transit service is a critical issue. Much information is available concerning the placement and configuration of bus stops and related elements. FDOT has developed its “Accessing Transit Handbook” which provides guidance … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

Development of a Training Manual for Transit Service Planning and Scheduling

(Center Identification Number: 79050-02-B) Principal Investigator: Fabian Cevallos, Ph.D., Transit Program Director Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) Florida International University (FIU) 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3609 Miami, FL 33174 fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu (305) 348-3144 Project Objective The main objective of this project is to develop a Training Manual for Transit Service Planning and Scheduling for professional staff. The manual will consist of two sections: Transit Planning and Transit Scheduling. It will cover material for performing essential transit tasks. The intent of the manual is to be used by new transit staff as well as seasoned professionals who want to review key concepts. Although the focus will be on bus, a brief discussion on rail planning and scheduling will also be included. Using detailed descriptions of typical work tasks, the manual can assist with the intricacies of transit planning and scheduling. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

A Summary of Design, Policies and Operational Characteristics for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes

A Summary of Design, Policies and Operational Characteristics for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes

(Center Identification Number: 77937)  This report contains the results of an investigation of the design and operation of shared bicycle/bus lanes in municipalities in the United States and other countries. These lanes are designated for use by public transit buses, bicycles, and usually also for right-turning vehicles. Some municipalities may also allow use of these lanes by taxis and delivery vehicles. The purpose of such lanes is to provide a time advantage to public transit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2011 Final Reports, Projects, Publications