October 2, 2007
Looking for a Writer
There's a four-part series on the Wired blog about BRT vs. rail (see http://www.planetizen.com/node/27301). I'd love to have someone read it, summarize it, and suggest what it means for this region. I'm afraid I have no bandwidth to do it. Anyone care to do a guest post?
October 2, 2007 9:46 AM
no one in particular Says:
It's four short postings, and takes about 10 minutes to read the entire thing.
Basically it just discusses how many localities are using BRT instead of light rail because it's so much cheaper. It talks about how BRT can mean many different things: painted lanes, physical barriers, signal pre-empts, or even busses travelling the opposite direction of traffic (to discourage cars from entering the bus lane). It talks about how BRT tends to either be overcrowded (because the capacity is much smaller than rail) or undercrowded (because people hate busses), using Boston as evidence of the former and Honolulu as evidence of the latter. Then it reccomends BRT as an interim step for places that can't afford rail.
Basically it was a super high-level article and not particular interesting, IMO.