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Peer Exchanges, Planning for a Better Tomorrow, Transportation Planning Capacity Building

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

— Peer Exchange Report —

City of Fresno Peer Exchange on Bus Rapid Transit

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Location: Fresno, California
May 21 - 22, 2013
Host Agency: City of Fresno
Peer Agencies:

Community Transit (Everett, Washington)
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Agency (GCRTA) (Cleveland, Ohio)
Lane Transit District (LTD) (Eugene, Oregon)
OmniTrans (San Bernardino, California)
National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI)

Federal Agencies:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe)


This report highlights key recommendations and best practices identified at the peer exchange on bus rapid transit (BRT), held on May 21 and May 22, 2013, in Fresno, California. This event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

What is Bus Rapid Transit?
First implemented in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1974 and introduced in the United States in the early 2000s, BRT is an innovative approach to traditional, urban public transportation that merges the efficiency of light rail systems with the flexibility and affordability of bus systems. BRT systems typically rely on advanced technologies, infrastructure, and operational investments that improve upon regular bus services.

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