Arterial Transitway Corridors Study

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Metro Transit selected the SRF team to study potential arterial bus rapid transit applications in the 11 high-demand local bus corridors identified for arterial bus rapid transit in the region’s 2030 Transportation Policy Plan. The team developed facility and service plans to enhance transit efficiency, speed, reliability, customer amenities, and travel time competitiveness.

As the lead consultant, SRF was involved in all aspects of the project. Initial tasks included documenting existing corridor conditions and travel markets to identify operational challenges and opportunities for improvement and conducting a peer review of arterial bus rapid transit applications across the U.S. to inform development of the arterial BRT mode in the Twin Cities.

The most intensive task was developing concept alternatives for each corridor, which included operations planning, development of signal and runningway improvements to increase transit speeds, station concept design, operating and capital cost estimation, and service branding. SRF was also responsible for ridership modeling and calculation of user benefits for the corridors. To address the micro-level nature of service changes in the study, SRF developed a blended ridership modeling approach that pairs several outside data sources and analysis tools with the Twin Cities Regional Travel Demand Model.

The study concluded with a prioritization plan for the arterial corridors based on the outcomes of concept development, constructability assessment, and stakeholder involvement. SRF also developed an executive summary to explain arterial BRT and the Twin Cities corridors to project stakeholders and elected officials.

Client:
Metro Transit

Awards:

  • American Planning Association – Minnesota Innovation in Planning Award, 2013
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Minnesota Engineering Excellence Honor Award, 2013

We feel confident engaging our community partners knowing the study is accurate, timely, and effectively communicated both verbally and visually. This is the first project I’ve managed where the consulting team was able to execute, anticipate, and even improve upon our direction with minimal hand holding. That has allowed us to focus on our role in engaging our partners and planning next steps.

– Charles Carlson, AICP
Metro Transit