America’s public policy and investment decisions in the twentieth century spurred growth, but also encouraged sprawl, increased driving and ultimately took a toll on community livability, energy security, and the environment.
While several US cities have developed respectable BRT lines, none has a ‘full-featured’ world-class BRT network. Other transit systems have labeled minor bus improvements as “BRT,” tarnishing the BRT brand in the US. Increasingly, governments facing challenging budget issues are looking for the most cost-effective strategies to expand transit options, so BRT is gaining more attention. ITDP’s goal is to develop and implement optimal BRT solutions for US conditions in several cities by 2015, drawing on the best global practices.
Since 2008, ITDP has explored opportunities to advance full-featured BRT in the US. Outreach work in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and New York City led to ITDP technical reviews of BRT plans in many of these cities. Washington, DC incorporated several ITDP-recommendations in a proposed busway design. ITDP trained many New York City transportation advocates about BRT.
A grant from The Rockefeller Foundation is enabling ITDP to develop a strategy to advance world-class BRT in the US where the opportunities for effective implementation are most promising in terms of political leadership, institutional capacity, financial viability, and prospects for full-featured network development. ITDP has documented a variety of factors that have inhibited the development of such BRT in the US and strategies to overcome these barriers. Building on ITDP’s successful efforts worldwide, we hope to target technical, communications, other support to help governments and leadership coalitions rapidly design and implement effective BRT.
ITDP's full report on BRT in the US can be found below:
Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Select U.S. Cities
The true cost of “free” parking in America exceeds half a trillion dollars a year – money that ultimately comes out of the wallets of ordinary citizens. By better managing parking, fiscally pressed local governments can secure needed new revenue from underperforming public assets and reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, global warming, and energy insecurity. ITDP has documented parking best practices in the US and Europe to show how smarter parking management can benefit consumers and businesses with time and money savings, while also leading to more livable, attractive communities. The reports as well as presentations and poster summaries are below:
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