Buried in the ITDP report, though, is one conclusion that may prove stronger than the headline argument about how BRT trumps rail. It’s that government action on land use is necessary for a project to spur development.
The adage that “a good land use policy is the best transportation policy” oversimplifies things, but it’s clear that if the goal is to grow cities with transit, you have to actually allow the areas around new transit projects to grow.
The most successful project, which ITDP holds up as the model, is Cleveland’s Health Line. The line has catalyzed $5.8 billion worth of development since opening in 2008, apparently a product of high-quality implementation — buses come nearly every two minutes, and ITDP has ranked it has the best BRT system in the country — along with relatively robust rezoning and lots of institutional building along the line.
The authors don’t make the connection, but if buses are in fact more effective than rail at catalyzing development in the U.S. (and this is never proven), that could be due to the country’s third world-like transit cost structure…
Giant “Straddling” Bus Could Become Reality
A giant moving tunnel, the Straddling Bus (3D Bus), caring with hundreds of people, could be coming down the road soon.
The incredible Straddling Bus, that appeared three years ago, steps across two lanes with hollow lower part, so cars can pass through.
Compared with Metro, it has lower cost, shorter construction period and almost same passenger capacity.
The City Fix says BRT is at a tipping point in India. The country has gone from 0 to 19 systems in the last ten years.
Lagos’ Bus Rapid Transit network makes for an unusual but accessible venue for local art.
Karo Akpokiere on why he choose to place his artwork on the city’s buses.
Christopher Fennel’s bus shelters made from decommissioned bus bodies.
A nice video to call for a diverse mass transportation system in Los Angeles. // 想像美國洛杉磯多元大眾運輸系統的精彩影片。
How long is long enough?
No seating at your bus stop? Make your own.
London’s new, hybrid fuel, double-decker.
Take a bus tour across London…
Could New York become the greenest city in the world? This video illustrates newly implemented changes, ranging from increased bicycle infrastructure, a bus rapid transport system, and ambitious pedestrianisation of public space. Are New York’s efforts proof that cities are beginning to realise they need to improve quality of life for urban dwellers?
By Joe Peach