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Bus rapid-transit plan being pushed – Metro US

Bus rapid-transit plan being pushed

Moving people faster through the city appears to be a priority for council.

A plan to identify potential bus rapid-transit (BRT) routes and rank them by priority will be discussed today at council and one alderman says the move would be good for the entire city.

Ald. Bob Hawkesworth said he supports a notice of motion by Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart to implement the plan.

“I think it’s great. I think BRT routes are a way to put rapid transit in areas where we can’t afford to put LRT service. It’s the benefits of LRT’s at a much lower cost,” he said.

Colley-Urquhart’s plan would identify and prioritize potential BRT routes and search for opportunities to speed up transit runs, such as transit-only signals and lanes.

“I think it is great for the whole city, it really helps people get around efficiently,” Hawkesworth added.

A BRT gets commuters around by speeding up the trip with express buses making fewer stops.

A BRT route into the southeast began last fall.

Ald. Brian Pincott moved forward with a motion two weeks ago asking for a southwest BRT plan.

Repeated calls for comment from Colley-Urquhart went unanswered.

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