Saturday, November 01, 2008

BRT: "It doesn't make financial or environmental sense"

Thanks to Peter Smith at San Francisco Bike Blog for the link to this critique of BRT in Canada:

I think I finally have this Bus Rapid Transit thing figured out. For years I've been applying evidence-based thinking, business-case modelling and rationale to the proposal to build a dedicated roadway beside Pembina Highway for diesel buses. I've read all the reports, interviewed the chief proponents and asked Winnipeg Transit officials dozens of questions over the years about how this would work. And it has always led any fair-minded person to the obvious conclusion: It doesn't make financial or environmental sense to spend $330 million on a dedicated roadway for diesel buses alongside Pembina Highway that would, at best, only marginally improve what we already have.



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