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4/16/2010 Vol. , Issue 3 Contact Us
TRANSPORTATION

City Hosts Additional Bus Rapid Transit Meetings
Communities across the nation are constantly searching for innovative and effective ways to improve the manner in which their residents travel across their cities.

One option many cities, including El Paso, are looking at is Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT.The City of El Paso is currently analyzing the possible opportunities, challenges, costs and impacts of creating a BRT system in El Paso. The study or Alternative Analysis is responsive to the City Council directive to bring more and enhanced transportation choices to El Paso. The analysis is being performed by Jacobs Engineering, a consulting firm out of Dallas.

As part of this study process, the primary corridors that are being evaluated are Alameda, Dyer, Mesa and Montana.

In late March, Sun Metro and the Department of Engineering hosted four community meetings along the four corridors to allow the community to learn more about the options and to get residents' opinions that will help shape the locally preferred alternatives for El Paso.
Community Meetings
Date Time Location
April 17 10 a.m. Memorial Park Library
3200 Copper
April 20 2 p.m. Sun Metro Conf. Rm.
700-A San Francisco
April 26 5 p.m. Albuquerque Tortilla Co.
7860 San Jose
April 27 6 p.m. Esperanza Acosta Library
12480 Pebble Hills


Throughout the month of April, the two departments will continue meeting with various neighborhood associations and community organizations to inform residents about the study details.

The goal of a BRT system is to provide high quality transit service that provides similar benefits to rail transit, such as improved speed and reliability, but at a much lower implementation cost. Other benefits of a BRT system include improving service quality and rider experience, alleviating traffic congestion, protecting the environment, and encouraging economic development opportunities.

Jacobs is evaluating the various options for the BRT that include fully-dedicated bus curbside lanes, partially-dedicated curbside lanes, peak-hour dedicated lanes or barrier-separated lanes.

For more information, visit www.eptcaa.org.


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