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Enhanced BRT Stations Add to the Rider Experience

Get to know your new BRT system – Enhanced Stations: The new Phoenix BRT service will soon join the Valley’s many transportation options. This is one of a series of blog posts that explore common elements of BRT systems.

Phoenix BRT Program Team

October 3, 2022

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There’s something about Phoenix’s new BRT service that some people might overlook, but which will be very important to the overall rider experience. Generally, BRT stations are unlike most typical bus stops found in the Valley.

BRT is a modern, high-capacity bus network that features specialized buses, new fare payment systems, and enhanced stations, among other highlights. Phoenix BRT may provide stations that include elevated platforms that will allow for level boarding, which will make it easier for people with all abilities to get on the bus.

Vine bus parked at the c-tran station while a passenger steps on the bus with his bike. There are mountains in the background of the bus.

C-Tran, in Clark County, implemented level boarding at their stations for The Vine Bus Rapid Transit system.
Source: C-Tran

Most BRT services around the country include stations that offer riders places to sit, good lighting for safety and security, some kind of fare payment system, and shelters and covers.

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is in the process of designing the first BRT system (Lowcountry Rapid Transit) in South Carolina, which is anticipated to be in operation by 2027. The Lowcountry Rapid Transit system, while still in the design phase, is incorporating not only the culture of the area, but key components such as level boarding, seating, shelters and advanced technology at each of their proposed stations.

In Omaha, the ORBT shelters include a raised platform, canopies and a bike rack, as well as free WiFi service. Meanwhile, Albuquerque’s ART line has two stations every mile that are located mostly in the middle of the road (center running). So, all ART stations also include designated pedestrian crossing signals.

As we continue through the next design phases, the Phoenix BRT Program will start to identify station needs and locations through the help of the community and technical analysis!