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Best of Class BRT

Here’s a Streetfilm about the BRT system in Guangzhou, China.

The system has a number of attributes worth emulating:

  • Pre-boarding payment – ala Curitiba
  • Direct routing – buses enter and leave the BRT corridor
  • Bicycle facilities constructed in coordination with the transit corridor
  • A bike share system integrated with the transit system
  • An integrated payment card

Definitely worth watching.

EmX Gateway Extension to open this Sunday

Gateway branch of Lane Transit District’s EmX system opens Sunday, Jan 9.

Since somebody mentioned EmX (Emerald Express, the BRT line operated by Lane Transit District which serves the Eugene/Springfield area) in the comments, it is worth mentioning that this Sunday, January 9, the Gateway extension to the line will be opening. The line, connecting downtown Springfield with the Gateway Mall and North Springfield areas (map) will be an extension of the existing line which connects downtown Springfield, downtown Eugene, and the University of Oregon. Service on EmX will be free all of next week.

The line runs at 10 minute headways during weekdays, at 15 minute headways evenings and weekends.

A third extension of the system, to West Eugene, is in the works. (The proposed line has drawn criticism from local business owners, convinced that any reduction of auto capacity in the area will harm their business, while doubting that the transit line will make up the difference).