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Bus rapid transit (BRT) could be added to 10-year transit plan

Edmonton city council is considering BRT as a way to improve transit before LRT tracks are laid.

The solution to cross-town rapid transit might be rubber rather than rail, at least in the near term, as the city is considering integrating BRT into its work-in-progress transit plan.

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The solution to cross-town rapid transit might be rubber rather than rail, at least in the near term, as the city is considering integrating BRT into its work-in-progress transit plan.

Edmontonians waiting for future LRT lines to deliver fast cross-town service may not need to wait until tracks are laid, as the city is considering bus rapid transit (BRT) in the interim.

Izak Roux, chair of the city’s transit advisory board, spoke of the benefits of BRT to the transportation committee Wednesday.

Roux explained BRT can be faster than regular buses by using designated lanes, and said it’s also cheaper to set up than rail.

Mayor Don Iveson said BRT is a worthy consideration because even in the most optimistic funding scenarios, Edmonton “can’t build all of the LRT at once.”

“So thinking about how you’d run (BRT) in place of future LRT is something we actually gave direction to look at a long time ago… it’s just timely for us to be talking about in the context of the transit review,” he said.

The committee asked administration to include the possibility of BRT in its 10-year transit plan, which is currently being drafted in consultation with the community.

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