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Vision 2020: The Blueprint for the Future

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    “Medium” service areas have higher population and employment densities and represent the majority of the region in terms of activity centers. A wide range of services may be considered in these areas including vanpools, subscription services, demand response vans, flexible bus routes, and traditional fixed bus routes.

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    “High” service areas contain dense urban centers that may be suitable for historic trolley and/or circulator services, in addition to other services under consideration for “Medium” service areas.

2.2.

Passenger Facilities

Community-based services originate comfortable, convenient locations for

from transportation centers.

customers

to

make

connections

These facilities provide

between

various

transit

services.

Transportation centers are typically located at and integrated with rail stations,

community

downtowns,

shopping

centers,

and

other

major

activity

centers,

and

offer

community

transit-oriented development opportunities.

The design of these facilities typically includes:

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    Off-street bus bays,

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    Sheltered boarding areas and heated waiting areas,

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    Electronic passenger information systems,

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    Facilities for driver breaks and layover facilities,

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    Access enhancements such as improved sidewalks, bikeways, bicycle storage, kiss-and-

ride areas, and park-and-ride lots.

The plan identifies 16 regional transportation centers and 150 community transportation centers. Regional transportation centers typically serve more routes than community transportation centers, and are located at activity centers of greatest regional significance.

2.3.

Line-Haul Bus Routes

Line-haul routes provide a backbone of high-speed inter-suburban transit service connecting transportation centers. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) techniques will be used to achieve a high service level at a low cost. Pace’s BRT routes will feature:

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    Limited stops typically every ½ to 1 mile,

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    Simple routes typically associated with a single street,

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    Frequent service,

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    Off-board fare payment to speed boarding,

March 2002

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