Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Regional Urban Design Forum: BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Today

The RUDF (Regional Urban Design Forum) meets Tuesday, November 27 for a presentation titled "BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Today"

This presentation is designed to give an understanding of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a mode of transportation that has emerged over the past 25 years. While the first systems were largely overseas, BRT has now exploded onto the US transit scene. Basic attributes of bus rapid transit will be explained, along with a survey of some of the prototypical systems in North America.

William Lieberman is a program manager at Carter & Burgess in Oakland, with 40 years of experience in transportation planning. He has served as director of planning at San Francisco MTA and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, and was project development manager at TriMet in Portland, OR. He also worked for the consulting firms of Barton Aschman & Associates and ND Lea. While Mr. Lieberman's career has specialized in transit planning, he has also been involved in planning for bicycles, pedestrians, traffic claming, and transit-oriented development. Bill is a resident of Oakland and walks to work each day.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a broad term given to a variety of transportation systems that, through improvements to infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling, attempt to use buses to provide a service that is of a higher quality than an ordinary bus line. The goal of such systems is to at least approach the service quality of rail transit while still enjoying the cost savings of bus transit.

Time: Noon - 1:30 pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Kellie Hewlett at 510/464-3600 or Phil Erickson, AIA
Cost: None; this program open to all
1.5 CES/ LU

For more information: Kellie Hewlett at 510/464-3600

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