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Vision 2020: The Blueprint for the Future

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    Electronic next-stop announcements on the bus,

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    Traffic signal priority to provide green lights at intersections,

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    Bus lanes or HOV lanes where appropriate to avoid congestion.

Upgraded bus stops are also an important feature of BRT routes and offer:

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    Raised platforms with level boarding,

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    Heated waiting areas and sheltered boarding areas,

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    Countdown signs displaying how long until the next bus arrives,

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    Bike racks,

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    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.

March 2002

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