A new public transit option, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), could soon be coming to Phoenix, and the Phoenix Public Transit Department invites you to check out a newly-created video and a virtual meeting at phoenix.gov/brt to learn all about it.
BRT, one of the high-capacity transit components of the voter-approved Transportation 2050 (T2050) program, operates throughout the day on major roads with a focus on improved speed, reliability and convenience.
Some of the elements found in other city BRT systems include enhanced stations, custom buses, advanced fare collection, dedicated lanes, and transit improvements such as transit signal priority.
The phoenix.gov/brt page will be continually updated with ways you can participate in the program’s development. Visit the page and you’ll find various items have been added, including:
- An illustrated BRT video
- A virtual meeting site where you can listen to the virtual BRT presentation that describes elements and corridors being considered
- A survey where you can provide feedback about the future BRT system
- A downloadable fact sheet you can share with other community members
- Upcoming virtual meetings where the team will present – the next one is July 27
The survey is especially critical, as the team needs your input on where BRT corridors could be established and what amenities BRT should include. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, so check it out today.
Over the next several months, the BRT team will present to stakeholders, committees and neighborhood groups. If you are part of an organization that would like the team to present in your next virtual meeting, connect with us by visiting the page.
About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the T2050 page or follow Phoenix Public Transit, Phoenix Street Transportation and Valley Metro on Twitter.