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Phoenix Identifies 6 Potential Corridors For Bus Rapid Transit

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Phoenix will determine where and how to add bus rapid transit service.

Arizona’s largest city is making plans for a new public transportation option.

Bus rapid transit, also referred to as BRT, is designed to move riders faster than traditional buses along Phoenix streets. There’s no universal standard. Instead, BRT can include different elements like dedicated lanes, enhanced stations, custom buses and traffic signal priority.

The city came up with six potential corridors using demographic and socioeconomic data, current transit ridership and forecasted ridership.

A city spokesperson said the corridors were named “to correlate with the street that they are predominantly along”. For example, the Camelback Road and 24 th Street corridor runs mostly along Camelback Road with 24 th Street being the next longest segment.  See a map of the six potential corridors here.

  • 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

This spring, public meetings and input will be gathered to narrow the options to three corridors. Groups interested in scheduling a BRT presentation can  contact the city by email of calling 602-262-7242.

When Phoenix voters approved a transit tax in 2015, money was earmarked for bus rapid transit, along with light rail. The cost will be determined by the elements that will be ultimately approved by the City Council.

The project timeline calls for public engagement in early 2020 followed by operations and capital planning this summer. Preliminary corridor recommendations are expected to be announced this fall with conceptual design and implementation plans by the spring of 2021. When Phoenix voters approved a  transit tax in 2015, money was earmarked for bus rapid transit, along with light rail.

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As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.