Bus Rapid Transit: A New Commuter Choice for Your Community Net Conference

On June 12, 2003, the National Center for Transit Research’s National TDM and Telework Clearinghouse at the University of South Florida and the Association for Commuter Transportation held a net conference entitled Bus Rapid Transit: A New Commuter Choice for your Community.

In this net conference, attendees heard the audio portion of the live presentation via a toll-free telephone call and simultaneously viewed the PowerPoint presentation via Internet.

Bus rapid transit (BRT) combines exclusive transitways, modern stations, high tech vehicles, and frequent service to provide the high level of service that people associate with more expensive transit systems. BRT’s advantages include the ability to build and improve incrementally and the flexibility to serve the suburbs as well as densely populated cities. More communities are looking at BRT as commuters, employers, and developers seek more alternatives to congestion and communities seek to improve their quality of life.

Moderated by Donna Smallwood of CARAVAN and ACT’s Professional Development Chair, this 1:10 hour session features Dennis Hinebaugh, Director of the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Mary Fernandes, Assistant General Manager for Silver Line Communication and Community Development for Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Dennis Hinebaugh provides an introduction to bus rapid transit system characteristics and concepts. Mary Fernandes provides an insiders’ view of operating the T’s new Silver Line, BRT service exceeding its ridership estimates in its first six months of operation.

This session included a 30-minute question and answer session between the panelists and the audience.  NCTR estimated more than 100 remote attendees at 15 locations hosted by ACT chapters (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Princeton (NJ), Salt Lake City, Seattle, Spokane, Tampa, and Washington, DC.)

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