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Prioritizing Bus traffic

With the largest barriers to use for buses being lack of timeliness (either through delays or travel time) prioritizing them is crucial

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One of the largest factors in not taking a bus is because it isn't a time effective method of travel. That is due to the bus needing to interact with (and have no incentive over) regular traffic.
By creating some style of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Miami we should be able to not only have the buses be more consistently on time, but also give them a guaranteed advantage in transit time.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Any one who currently uses buses will see an immediate benefit. The improvement would come from the (hopefully large) group of people who, when they realize the bus is no longer as time expensive or as inconsistent, start to incorporate it into their commutes.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

This is currently a solo proposal, but I have people in my network that have expressed interest in partnering if an idea makes it to the refine stage.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Select a section of multilane road that is frequently used on a bus route, designate it as a shared priority bus lane.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

If the buses were able to 1) be on time and 2) move at a comparable or faster speed to car traffic, I would consider it a success. Additionally, feed back from the community would be valuable, but I'm unsure of how best to go about sourcing fair representation

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Thanks Fred, Bus lanes work OK in London (where I live), though drivers complain, but bus riders get around with much less hassle. Thanks again for posting. Katie - Facilitating

Photo of Fred Cobb
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Drivers will always complain at their perceived disadvantage, but if well utilized (frequent buses and decent ridership) the lane is an advantage to them because some studies claim bus lanes have up to twice the through put of riders, thus keeping more cars off the road and reducing traffic for the drivers.

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