Vision 2020: The Blueprint for the Future
Electronic next-stop announcements on the bus,
Traffic signal priority to provide green lights at intersections,
Bus lanes or HOV lanes where appropriate to avoid congestion.
Upgraded bus stops are also an important feature of BRT routes and offer:
Raised platforms with level boarding,
Heated waiting areas and sheltered boarding areas,
Countdown signs displaying how long until the next bus arrives,
Improved pedestrian access.
The plan identifies two types of line-haul routes based on their primary operating environment: Expressway / Tollway Routes and Arterial Routes. Expressway / tollway services use comfortable over-the-road coaches, provide frequent service, connect major regional activity centers with few stops in between, and operate in a high-occupancy vehicle lanes or dedicated right of way where appropriate to avoid traffic delays. Line-Haul Arterial Routes use specially marked low-floor transit buses to enhance system identity and increase boarding speed. They will also use Pace’s upcoming Intelligent Bus System to improve on-time performance, communicate with customers, protect transfers with other bus services, and reduce operating costs.