How do Chicago’s BRT projects stack up?
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Chicago, IllinoisCleveland, OhioBogotá, Colombia
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Jeffery JumpCentral Loop East-West Transit CorridorAshlandHealthLineTransMilenio
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FunctionsSpeeds up an express service from the South Side.Brings commuter-rail riders closer to key downtown points.Links train lines outside the Loop. Feeds a medical district.Feeds hospitals, universities and the city's theater district.Replaces thousands of uncoordinated, soot-spewing minibuses.
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CorridorsSouth Jeffery, a two-way boulevard (north and south) through a mostly residential area.A right angle formed by pairs of parallel one-way streets (Washington and Madison, Clinton and Canal).Ashland, a congested two-way avenue (north and south) roughly two miles from Lake Michigan.Euclid, a two-way avenue (east and west) that was home to the city's elite before decades of decline.Built in phases: (1) Caracas, Calle 80, Autonorte. (2) Américas, Norte-Quito-Sur, Suba. (3) Carrera 10, Calle 26, Carrera 7.
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BuswaysLength2.0 miles (67th to 83rd streets). 1.1 miles (Union Station to Millennium Park).5.3 miles (Cortland Avenue to 31st Place).4.3 miles (Public Square to Stokes Boulevard).76 miles (citywide). 65 miles completed.
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AlignmentOutermost lane in both directions.Right lane of all the one-way streets.Innermost lane in both directions.Innermost lane in both directions.Innermost lanes in both directions.
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HoursNorthbound 7-9 a.m., southbound 4-6 p.m.Around the clock.Around the clock.Around the clock.Around the clock.
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Separation from trafficWhite stripes.Lane colorization.Lane colorization.White stripesPhysical barriers.
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IntersectionsTurns across buswaysAllowed.Potentially some prohibited.At least some prohibited.Most allowed.Most prohibited.
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Other treatmentsSignal priority between 73rd and 84th. Queue jump at Anthony Avenue.Signal priority at exit of Union Station bus terminal.Signal priority at some intersections.Signal priority at all intersections.Grade separation for busways at some junctions.
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Stations and stopsPer mileTwo or three.Six or so.Two.Four.Two.
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Fare collectionOn board.Potentially off board.Potentially off board.Off board with kiosks.Off board with barriers and turnstiles.
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Boarding levelStreet (step up to bus).Platform at some stops.Platform.Platform.Platform.
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Bus doorways for boardingOne.One or two.Potentially two.Two.Three to seven.
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Other featuresParking in bus lanes during off-peak hours.Off-street bus terminal just south of Union Station. Protected one-way bike lane on Washington.Landscaped medians. One traffic lane and one parking lane in each direction.Extensive streetscaping. One traffic lane in each direction. No parking lanes. Branding deal with hospitals.Passing lanes within busways for express service. Grade-separated pedestrian crossings at some stations.
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Capital fundingTotal$11.0 million.$36.7 million.To be determined.$168.4 million.$2.6 billion from local and national Colombian agencies. The figure covers trunk infrastructure in all three phases but not the buses, which are privately owned.
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Federal$11.0 million from Federal Transit Administration.$24.65 million from FTA.$1.6 million from FTA for analysis and planning. Construction funding to be determined.$82.8 million from FTA.
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LocalNone.$7.3 million in Chicago tax increment financing.To be determined.$50.0 million from Ohio. $17.6 from GCRTA. $10 million from NOACA. $8 million from Cleveland.
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CompletedFinal designSpring 2012.December 2013.To be determined.December 2005.December 1999: Phase 1.
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ConstructionNovember 2012: Rights of way. 2013: Intersection treatments.November 2014.To be determined.October 2008.February 2002: Phase 1. April 2006: Phase 2. September 2012: Carrera 10. January 2013: Calle 26. To be determined: Carrera 7.
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More informationhttp://www.transitchicago.com/jefferyproject/http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/transit_facilities/news/2013/feb/bus_rapid_transitincentralloopeast-westcorridorwillprovidebalanc.htmlhttp://www.transitchicago.com/westernashlandbrt/http://www.rtahealthline.com/healthline-what-is.asphttp://www.transmilenio.gov.co/WebSite/Contenido.aspx?ID_REDIRECT=TransmilenioSA_TransmilenioEnCifras_EstadisticasGenerales
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http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/jump/12sw031_Jump_Brochure_FINAL_2_Web[1].pdfhttp://www.nbrti.org/docs/pdf/Inserts_summaries/Cleveland.pdfhttp://www.chinabrt.org/en/cities/bogota.aspx
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http://www.transmilenio.gov.co/portal_transmilenio/AdmContenidoUpload/javier.hernandez/Documents/SITP/CuartoDatos/Plan%20Marco%20Sistema%20Transmilenio.pdf
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GREEN SHADING shows elements that maximize transit speed.
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SOURCES include Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Federal Transit Administration, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Google Maps, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.
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REPORTING AND TABLE DESIGN by Chip Mitchell, WBEZ.
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COMMENTS WELCOME at http://www.wbez.org/news/bus-rapid-transit-%E2%80%98maximize-potential%E2%80%99-ashland-avenue-106738#comments
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