PHOENIX, AZ — To continue expanding Phoenix's high-capacity transit network, Phoenix voters approved Proposition 104 in 2015, resulting in a Transportation 2050 or T2050, a 35-year street and transit plan, including the Bus Rapid Transit program.
Including Phoenix, there is dozens city in the United States that currently developing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle. With the support of the community, Phoenix BRT will be developed in areas where ridership shows the greatest need for transit in the future and help riders commute across Phoenix and to other cities.
Phoenix BRT will provide a high-capacity bus service that offers faster travel speed, improve transit frequency, more reliability, and an overall better passenger experience throughout the day. To improve accessibility for all passengers, the transit transportation will also feature level boarding, designated bus entry, and exit doors, more room for maneuver within buses, and enhanced passenger amenities at stations.
Some of the elements found in the Phoenix BRT program include custom buses, unique branding, dedicated lanes, and transit spot improvements such as transit signal priority and queue jump lanes. Instead of paying the fares on the bus, the BRT system will feature an advanced fare collection system, fares can be purchased on your phone or at a kiosk.
According to the Citizens Transportation Commission and the Phoenix City Council, the BRT team re-evaluated the T2050 plan and determined six possible BRT corridors:
- Camelback Road and 24th Street
- Indian School Road and 24th Street
- Thomas Road and 44th Street
- McDowell Road and 44th Street
- 19th Avenue and Van Buren Street
- 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street
The 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street corridor will be recommended to City Council as the initial BRT corridor for consideration in fall 2021 after being approved by the Citizens Transportation Commission on May 27, 2021.
For more information on Phoenix BRT, visit here.
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