Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
As a result of a 15-month study, i-26ALT, to identify a transit alternative that will improve transit service and enhance regional mobility along the 22-mile I-26 corridor connecting Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the US 78/US 52 (Rivers Avenue) was recommended to move forward into planning and design. Click here for a video explaining BRT.
What is recommended for the I-26 Corridor
The I-26ALT BRT recommendation includes 16 hybrid-electric articulated vehicles operating in a semi-exclusive guideway with transit signal priority. The planned service originates in Summerville and ends in downtown Charleston at Line Street. The plan calls for 18 stations with park & rides, transit hubs, and neighborhood stops serving major activity centers such as Summerville, Trident Health/CSU, Northwoods Mall, North Charleston, the Amtrak Station, and downtown Charleston. With a 60-minute travel time and service every 10 minutes in the peak and 20 minutes in the off peak, the BRT line will provide a fast and reliable alternative to sitting in traffic.
What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? Bus Rapid Transit is a system of rubber tired buses that operate like a conventional rail in its own dedicated guideway or in mixed traffic.
(EMX, Eugene OR) BRT vehicles are stylized conventional or articulated buses that carry 40 to 85 passengers with low floors, level boarding, and wide doors on both sides. Fares are collected off-vehicle before boarding.
(sbX, San Bernardino CA) BRT stations are spaced to 2 miles apart with safe and secure structures for weather protection, passenger amenities, and system information. Stations are branded and integrate with the surrounding community.
(MAX, Las Vegas NV) BRT has a unique identity from the local bus service, and service fast and frequent with limited stops.
(Lymmo, Orlando FL) BRT can operate in mixed traffic or exclusive bus lanes. The vehicles use intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to control traffic signals at intersections.
In November 2016, Charleston County voters passed a referendum to raise the sales tax by percent to fund roadway, transit, and greenspace projects. Part of the transit funding identified in that referendum will be used to leverage federal funds to apply for grant funding from the Federal Transit Administrations Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program.
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