Bus Priority Corridor Improvements ($120.4 Million)
The Bus Priority Corridor Plan, presented to the Metro Board in October 2008, outlined Metro’s strategy for improving bus service travel times, reliability, capac- i t y , p r o d u c t i v i t y a n d s y s t e m a c c e s s t h r o u g h i n v e s t m e n t s i n b u s s t o p s , r u n n i n g w a y
enhancements, and street operations management. Twenty-four priority corri- dors covering 246 miles have been identified which represent 14% of Metro’s bus lines and 50% of bus ridership. Metro will work with local governments and state Departments of Transportation to implement transit signal priorities, queue jumpers (additional travel lanes at signalized intersections allowing buses to move to the front of traffic), bus bulbs (extending the sidewalk for a bus stop into the parking lane so the bus can remain in the traffic lane), painted markings on lanes, and left-turn priorities. Enhancements are also planned for bus stops, transit centers and customer information displays. Together these improvements are estimated to increase the average speed of buses on these corridors by up to 30% which is equivalent to putting 100 additional buses on the road. This strat- egy improves service and expands capacity. In addition, this project is estimated to yield $50 million in capital cost savings and $40 - $50 million in avoided operating costs.
CNI 037: Bus Priority Corridor Network Enhancements
Bus Priority Corridor Improvements includes the following CNI project:
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Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities ($40.3 Million)
The demand for access to the rail system for cyclists and pedestrians is increasing every year. Options to increase bicycle parking capacity at rail stations include free-standing bicycle parking structures with double-decked parking and key / swipe-card entry bicycle cages in existing garages. Current analysis suggests that Metro should expand bicycle capacity at rail stations by constructing 5 bike cages (150 bike capacity, swipe card access with canopy) and 2 bike stations (150 bike capacity, vendor-operated with services). Metro is currently conduct- ing a Bicycle and Pedestrian facilities study to determine the best bike parking solutions and locations.
In a number of stations, the connection between the community and the station is lacking. Customers have brought specific pathways to Metro’s attention that with improvements could provide more direct access for the surrounding communities. By improving this access, Metro may encourage customers to walk (or bike) to a
Investment Category: Customer/Demand 75