Bus Rapid Transit Coming To Jacksonville

October 31, 2013 25 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) wants to bring Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Jacksonville. However, there's a lot of confusion about what's coming to Jacksonville is and isn't. Here's a glimpse at what's headed to our streets.

What is BRT?

In general, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) aims to combine the speed and attractiveness of a light rail system with the flexibility and simplicity of a bus system. To be considered BRT, buses should operate for a significant part of their journey within a fully dedicated right of way (busway), in order to avoid traffic congestion. The EmX is a successful example of a BRT system operating within its own dedicated right of way.

The EmX - Eugene, Oregon

As shown in the Oregon example, true BRT systems typically include most of the following elements:

- A busway alignment in the center of the road (to avoid typical curb-side delays)

- Stations with off-board fare collection (to reduce boarding and alighting delay related to paying the driver)

- Station platforms level with the bus floor (to reduce boarding and alighting delay caused by steps)

- Bus priority at intersections (to avoid intersection signal delay)

What's Coming to Jacksonville

A map of JTA's proposed BRT system

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