BRT Bus Event

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 4.00.56 PMJoin UTA on Tuesday, March 18, at one of the three locations below to learn about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), get a tour of a BRT bus, and visit with Utah Transit Authority staff.

  • Provo Intermodal Center (690 S. University Ave.) – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  • Orem Intermodal Center (1350 W. 900 S.) – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
  • LaVell Edwards Stadium (1700 N. Canyon Rd.) – 4:00 to 6:30 pm

What is Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit?

This multi-modal project is a joint effort between UTA and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to increase transportation capacity and improve transit service between Provo and Orem communities.

The Bus Rapid Transit route is 10.5 miles long and includes 17 stations.  It serves major destinations like UVU, University Mall, BYU, Provo Center and Provo Mall.  In addition, it provides a direct connection to FrontRunner, via the Orem Intermodal Center and the Provo Intermodal Center.

What is BRT?

BRT is not regular bus service.  BRT service is more frequent and more reliable.

BRT includes exclusive lanes to bypass congestion.  In addition, BRT stations have shelters with seating, real-time next bus information and ticket machines.  BRT buses are also more modern, hold more passengers and are environmentally friendly. BRT is similar to rail service with no tracks.

MapA project team member is happy to answer and provide additional information. If you have any questions call 801-415-5800 or email provo-oremrapidtransit@hwlochner.com.

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  1. I’m curious where the projection of three times the daily ridership comes from? And, over what time period is that change to take place?

  2. Kathy

    would it be possible to get these notifications in a timely way instead of as an afterthought on the evening before the event.

    1. John

      Kathy – This is actually the stars aligning. At the last council meeting the council asked for a hands-on opportunity to touch and feel a bus. The bus that will be here is just off the assembly line and heading to Las Vegas. It’s taking a one day delay.

      Hope this helps.

      John

  3. Brooke

    I’m concerned about the 37-38 min travel time. That seems especially slow. Not much of an improvement over the current bus route 830. I don’t know where the 42 minute driving time estimate came from. According to google maps, it would take a car 17 minutes to follow the route, and 9 minutes to get from the two frontrunner stations using I-15. We can do better than 53% dedicated lanes. I don’t think route 4 is right for Provo. I am hoping something similar to route 0 gets chosen. We should make 100% dedicated lanes a goal.

    1. Philip

      Yeah, the travel time doesn’t seem like much of an improvement, but the route shown above is actually longer than the current 830 route. I used google maps to follow the route shown above and got 30 minutes by car. The route shows a loop down to the Provo Town Center Mall and Novell which adds some time (the 830 doesn’t currently make that loop).

      The bus makes a lot of stops and starts that a car doesn’t have to – which adds more time. Hopefully with fewer stops spaced a little farther apart, and with signal prioritization, the bus may be able to make up some time. I agree we need more dedicated lanes.

      The bus is never faster than driving, but the BRT will probably be faster than a regular bus on the same route. As a regular bus rider I look forward to that.

      1. Brooke

        Good point. I hadn’t noticed the south loop by Novell. I think the BRT will be much faster than the current 830 route, except for the part where it leaves dedicated lanes to circle around BYU. I really hope that detour is not part of the final plan.

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