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.
Memorial Park Library
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Esperanza Acosta Library
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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.