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  •  Pittsburgh has extensive BRT system. (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, BruceMcF, sfbob, Calamity Jean, Odysseus

    But it's a different concept than the one described here.
    With its huge industrial heritage, Pittsburgh had hundreds of miles of rail line throughout the city. When rail consolidation occured, some were converted to trails (mostly riverfront ones), but one key corridor from downtown through the heavily populated eastern part of the city was converted to a busway; basically a limited access roadway only for buses, ambulances, police, govt vehicles, etc.  There are a dozen on-ramps along the length of it, and the beauty of it is that if you take a bus in from the suburbs, the bus hops on the busway before it even gets to the city line, bypassing the clogged highway.  My bus trip is the same time or shorter than driving to work; which is pretty unusual for bus travel. Pittsburgh is the only city I've ever lived in where many of the bus routes are traveled by people in business suits. If it's cheaper AND faster than driving, you CAN get the upper middle class to ride a bus!

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    by bigtimecynic on Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 06:13:07 AM PDT

    •  Yes, the system proposed by the ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      ... Chicago MTC are corridors where there are not existing rail corridors available ~ these ten corridors are, after all, complementary to existing rail corridors.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 07:38:18 AM PDT

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