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• • Special Articles ::
A bus-based transitway or light rail? Continuing the saga on choice versus blind commitment.

Prof David Hensher, Director Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Sydney. Read it ...

• • Canada ::

OC Transpo provides public transit to the Ottawa-Carleton region, including the communities of Kanata, Nepean, Ottawa, Gloucester, Cumberland, Vanier and Rockcliffe. †http://www.octranspo.com/

• • USA ::

Honolulu.www.oahutrans2k.com

Charlotte.http://charlotte.com/politics/98/1104transit.htm

Pittsburgh.† The West Busway will open in September, 2000, more than a year ahead of schedule. The five-mile busway, constructed in an abandoned rail right-of-way, will connect rapidly growing markets in the corridor between the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport. http://brt.volpe.dot.gov/projects/pittsburgh.html

http://www.pittsburgh.net/End_of_the_Line/index.html

Detroit. SpeedLink is a concept for a metropolitan Detroit rubber-tired rapid transit system modelled after the real-world experience of Curitiba, Brazil. Integrating rapid transit services with medium-range and community-based services, the SpeedLink system would offer a flexible, fast, safe and efficient transportation option to metro Detroitís citizens.†† http://www.semcog.org/mac/mac_speedlink.html

Bus Rapid Transit embraces a holistic approach to transportation that will integrate transit development with land use planning to improve the quality of life in our cities. http://www.fta.dot.gov/research/fleet/brt/brt.htm

Think Rail, Use Buses.† That's the quickest way to describe Bus Rapid Transit. BRT combines the quality of rail transit and the flexibility of buses. It can operate on exclusive transitways, HOV lanes, http://brt.volpe.dot.gov/

• • South America ::

Report from Brazil Summer 1997:† http://www.oubeck.com/Reports/Brazil/BusReport97Brazil.htm

Concessions of Busways to the Private Sector, the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region Experience.
http://ideas.uqam.ca/ideas/data/Papers/fthwobaco1546.html

Curitibaís collective transportation system is one of the most efficient in Brazil, as evidenced by a series of international awards. The most recent was granted by the prestigious English Building and Social Housing Foundation, and is only one example.†† http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/ingles/Solucoes/Transporte/index.html

Bela Horizonte. BHTRANS. http://pbh.gov.br/bhtrans

• • Europe / UK ::

Essen: O Bahn.† http://www.daimler-benz.com/presse/traffic/184_2.htm

City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) Order Confirmation Act 1998
http://194.128.65.3/acts/locact98/80003--a.htm

Leeds Super Busway. The SUPER BUSWAY strategy uses guideways to provide a more effective means for buses to by-pass these traffic queues.
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lcc/highways/various/guidebus.html

France:† Four French regional cities have opted for an innovative low floor electric vehicle system developed by a partnership between Matra and Siemens.
http://www.apta.com/intnatl/intfocus/flexbus.htm

• • New Zealand ::

Auckland: http://www.nscc.govt.nz/BRTindex.htm

• • Australia ::

Sydney Transitways:† Improving access to western Sydney with transitways.

Last month the NSW government called for expressions of interest to operate the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway.† http://www.engaust.com.au/ea/1199transitways.html

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media_re/transit/transitway.htm

Adelaide:

O Bahn http://www.cobweb.com.au/~arn/obahn.htm

Adelaide Metro - operated by the Passenger Transport Board is a statutory authority established by the State Government in July 1994 to plan, regulate and fund South Australia's land-based passenger transport services for the people of South Australia
http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/index.shtml

SA Passenger Transport Board
http://www.ptb.sa.gov.au/

TransAdelaide - no longer operates buses but provides all train and tram services in metropolitan Adelaide
http://www.transadelaide.sa.gov.au/

Brisbane:†

South East Busway.†
Busways are an innovative rapid transport system with interchanges and stations, similar to railway stations, on a two-lane, two-way bus only road.
http://www.transport.qld.gov.au/qt/bustrans.nsf/index/busways_summary

Brisbane City Enterprises.†
RAPID.† Real time information.
www.bce.com.au

Perth:

TravelSmart - community-based program that encourages people to use alternatives to travelling in their private car
http://www.travelsmart.transport.wa.gov.au/

Better Public Transport - plan for a major upgrade for Perth's public transport system including two-directional bus transitway on Kwinana Freeway
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/tenyearplan/siteplan.html

Rockingham - Fremantle Transitway
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/metro/initiatives/rockingham/index.html

Transperth - Perths public transport system
http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/

Melbourne:

VicTrip is a gateway to timetable, route and fare information for bus, train and tram travel throughout Victoria
http://www.victrip.vic.gov.au

• • Policy and Planning ::

WA Jones Foundationwww.wajones.org

http://www.publicpurpose.com/pp-ohio.htm

http://www.cascadepolicy.org/transit/harvard.htm

Smogbusters:http://enterprise.powerup.com.au/~qccqld/smogbusters/update.htm

• • Transit Capacity ::

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) are applied, contract research programs with the objective of developing near-term, practical solutions to problems facing transportation agencies.†
http://www4.nas.edu/trb/crp.nsf

• • Guidance Systems ::

An electronically guided bus system.† The group project I was involved in was an electronically guided bus sponsored by Volvo Bus Ltd.† http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/engineering/ugpro/bus.html

Japan. While the whole world has been flirting with new transit technologies since the early sixties, the Japanese are successfully deploying them on a massive scale.
http://faculty.washington.edu/~jbs/itrans/jakes1.htm

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