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1 OC Transpo Bus Rapid Transit in action John Baker PA 800 Dec. 14, 2011

2 When thinking of Ottawa, one thinks of …

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4 Parliament

5 Maple Syrup UN Peacekeeping

6 Add one more thing … Bus Rapid Transit

7 What is BRT? Uses dedicated bus lanes and stations Uses dedicated bus lanes and stations Faster, usually more capacity than regular bus routes Faster, usually more capacity than regular bus routes Combines the speed, reliability and amenities of rail-based rapid transit systems with the flexibility of buses Combines the speed, reliability and amenities of rail-based rapid transit systems with the flexibility of buses A flexible, integrated, high performance transit system with a quality image and a strong identity. A flexible, integrated, high performance transit system with a quality image and a strong identity. Source: New York MTA Source: New York MTA

8 Advantages While a mixed-traffic lane will reach saturation in a given period, public transport systems have a large capacity to handle continued corridor growth. While a mixed-traffic lane will reach saturation in a given period, public transport systems have a large capacity to handle continued corridor growth. Studies in the field indicate that demand for transit is inelastic with respect to money price but ridership is deeply affected by changes in the level of service whether it was made faster, slower, more-or-less often, etc. Studies in the field indicate that demand for transit is inelastic with respect to money price but ridership is deeply affected by changes in the level of service whether it was made faster, slower, more-or-less often, etc. Kemp, Michael. (1973) Some Evidence of Transit Demand Elasticities, Transportation, 2, pp 25-52. Kemp, Michael. (1973) Some Evidence of Transit Demand Elasticities, Transportation, 2, pp 25-52.

9 All over the world Left: Jakarta Right: Brooklyn Below: San Fernando Valley

10 Downtown Ottawa from the air

11 National Capital City population: 812,000 Metro Area pop.: 1.3 mil. City area: 1,072 sq. miles Metro area: 2,053 sq.miles City and County of San Francisco: 805,000+ population Metro Area (SF-Oak-Fre): 4.3 mil. (2009) 49 sq. miles (SF only) Ottawa, Ontario Rideau Canal as seen from OC Transpo Route 3

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13 Comparisons OC Transpo (2010 data) 99.3 million unlinked trips AWR: 384,000 (just more than BART) 2.6 million revenue hours 60.5 million revenue kms (37.5 million miles) Average trip length: 10 km (6.3 miles) Muni (2010)SamTrans (2010) 209.6 million unlinked trips13.7 million unlinked trips AWR: 671,400AWR: About 41,000 3.1 million revenue hours565,283 revenue hours 24.2 million revenue miles6.4 million revenue miles Avg trip length 3.4 miles Sources: Federal Transit Database, SF Muni, SamTrans and OC Transpo websites.

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15 Kent Street Station

16 Transitway facts and figures About 45 stations, seven in downtown core About 20 (of 200) lines use at least some part of Transitway Speed limits of 70-90 kph (45-55 mph) between stations 50 kph (30 mph) speed limit in station areas Former railroad rights of way, almost all grade separated (except downtown) Buses and emergency vehicles only

17 Adult fare: $3.25 (Canadian) OR Two tickets Youth fare: $1.60 or one ticket Express: $4.25 or three tickets Senior discounts only with pass – except free on Wednesdays Free Transfers Note: Old picture, tickets are now $1.25.

18 Tickets available everywhere Including markets at Transitway stations, like this one at Hurdman Station

19 Hurdman Station Major east-side transfer station

20 Hurdman: served by about 25 different lines

21 Above: Information booth in shelter with NextBus-like system, maps and other information. Top right: Heater controls for mini- shelter. Does not work unless temperature is below freezing. Bottom right: Example of route signs at each stop.

22 Outcomes More cost-effective than rail in both initial capital and ongoing operating costs More cost-effective than rail in both initial capital and ongoing operating costs Higher speed means more transit usage Higher speed means more transit usage Greenhouse Gases from burning fossil fuels are closely linked with many pollutants, thus reducing their emissions will result in a significant reduction of a good number but not all air pollutants. Greenhouse Gases from burning fossil fuels are closely linked with many pollutants, thus reducing their emissions will result in a significant reduction of a good number but not all air pollutants. Source: http://www.ottawa.ca/city_services/plannin gzoning/2020/air/section2/2_2/index_en.sh tml Source: http://www.ottawa.ca/city_services/plannin gzoning/2020/air/section2/2_2/index_en.sh tml

23 Why it works (Facts) Dense core Dense core Suburbs fan out fairly evenly from core Suburbs fan out fairly evenly from core Consolidated municipality Consolidated municipality City built up during railroad age by competing railroads / Tracks torn up during various beautification projects in 70s and 80s City built up during railroad age by competing railroads / Tracks torn up during various beautification projects in 70s and 80s Early environmental mindset Early environmental mindset(Opinions) Residents already used to the requisite tax rate for such an infrastructure improvement Residents already used to the requisite tax rate for such an infrastructure improvement Capital pride Capital pride

24 What can work here Integrated fare structure with commuter rail Integrated fare structure with commuter rail Quick turnaround Quick turnaround Proof-of-payment boarding at stations Proof-of-payment boarding at stations Free senior days Free senior days Tickets = Tokens Tickets = Tokens Dedicated lanes Dedicated lanes Parliament Hill

25 Final thoughts Great system Great system Fine example of real BRT Fine example of real BRT A bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for A bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for Clean (like most things in Ottawa), WAY cleaner than Muni! Clean (like most things in Ottawa), WAY cleaner than Muni!

26 Questions? (Beyond Why did you use Comic Sans?)


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