Friday, March 08, 2013

Name the BRT!

One proposed design and name

In addition to helping to pick the look and color of the BRT vehicles and signage, WMATA, Arlington and Alexandria are also asking for the public's input on the name of the system. The current front runner's are either "MetroWay" or "Metrobeat", but other options can be suggested through write-in voting. We're partial to "BuRT" or "BuRsT".
Metro is asking area customers and residents to participate in an online survey that will shape the look and feel of future "bus rapid transit"services in the region.
Together with Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, Metro is preparing to introduce the region's first bus rapid transit system along a five-mile route between Braddock Road and Crystal City Metrorail stations. Buses will operate frequently along dedicated roadways, separated from other traffic, for eighty percent of their trip, meaning more frequent and reliable service with fewer delays. The buses will also make fewer stops, serving 17 "stations" that feature more amenities than standard bus stops.
To further reduce trip times, customers will pay for their trip prior to boarding the bus at off-board payment stations that accept SmarTrip, cash, debit or credit cards.
Illustration of BRT in Crystal City

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