California Department of Transportation

BRT Toolbox: Implementation of Bus Rapid Transit on Conventional Highways


Fouad Ziaullah

Task Description

This project is planned as an initial exploration of bidirectional operation of a single-dedicated-lane BRT service.  As such, the scope involves identification of the most promising design alternatives for such a service, the evaluation of the performance that could be achieved with these designs, and comparison with a more conventional two-lane alternative.

Task Objective

The objective of this research is to come up with methods to analyze all the potential costs and benefits of a BRT project.  The research should develop a tool for the Department to determine if BRT implementation is the right strategy for a given conventional highway according to the purpose and need of the project.  The research will identify the tasks that other partners (ex. transit operators) shall be held responsible for when implementing a project on a conventional highway.  The research will identify potential impacts such as air pollution, environmental, level of service (LOS), vehicle throughput, person throughput, time savings, and safety benefits that must be considered when deciding if a BRT project will be implemented, and the allowable tolerances of the impacts during project implementation.

Final Report/Deliverables

Assessment of the Applicability of Bus Rapid Transit on Conventional Highways—Case Study Feasibility Analyses Along the Lincoln Boulevard Corridor