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Old 05-12-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I think BRT is great as a starter system but any route that is successful will quickly reach capacity (see LA Orange Line, Ottawa BRT, Brisbane Busway, etc, etc) and the operating costs quickly wind up exceeding the operating costs of light rail.

One light rail driver can easily haul 600 people where it would take 12 bus drivers to do the same.
It wouldn't reach unmanageable capacities if only there were more BRT routes available. LA Orange Line is a great example. LA's public transit would be fantastic if its many famed boulevards had separated lanes for BRT.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It wouldn't reach unmanageable capacities if only there were more BRT routes available. LA Orange Line is a great example. LA's public transit would be fantastic if its many famed boulevards had separated lanes for BRT.
The first phase of this project is getting underway on Wilshire Blvd: Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project

I agree that Wilshire, Olympic, Santa Monica, Venice could all use bus-only lanes. And I also agree that if there were more East-West transit option in the SFV the Orange Line wouldn't be running at or over capacity like it is today.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Boston has them. Techincally not Boston, but nearby running from Belmont, Watertown and Arlington? into Cambridge (Harvard Square). It's kept because Harvard Square has an underground bus tunnel where not running diesel engines is an advantage. Philadelphia has some.
The silver line BRT in Boston runs as a trolley bus when it's in tunnels.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Boston, Dayton, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. Though I would expect them to all be obsolete within the next few decades. Streetcars OTOH will be around forever.

Trolleybus usage by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The only thing the Boston trolleybuses can be replaced with is light rail because at one point they run in a bus tunnel and it is not ventilated well enough to allow regular buses.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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The only thing the Boston trolleybuses can be replaced with is light rail because at one point they run in a bus tunnel and it is not ventilated well enough to allow regular buses.
Or a diesel-electric. Those are pretty much regular buses at this point. Seattle runs slightly modified ones where the diesel can be cut for emission/noise reasons when they run through the tunnel.
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