From boardroom presentation to dinner conversation
Economically, bus rapid transit is a sound investment. Of six North American systems examined, the average return on investment was about 400 percent. That means for every dollar that was spent publicly, four dollars were privately spent on residential and commercial growth around transit stations. Look at these examples:
- Cleveland: $4.1 billion invested in their BRT corridor–a 1000 percent return on investment
- Kansas City: a 300 percent return on investment
- Pittsburgh: a 115 percent return on investment
Where bumper to bumper meets a smooth ride
If no changes are made to Cedar Avenue, congestion will continue to increase. Traffic speeds will decrease from an average of 35 mph today to 12 mph in 2030. Adding bus rapid transit could have the effect of adding more capacity than an additional lane,—easing congestion and addressing the transportation needs of a growing and aging population.
Where a transportation challenge meets a smart solution
Bus rapid transit is much cheaper to construct than light rail. Capital costs of light rail would have carried a price tag of about $650 million for Cedar Avenue, due to the need for a new bridge over the Minnesota River. Because bus rapid transit can use existing roadways, the cost is about $112 million for construction.
Where a grandson’s birthday wish meets a 9th inning score by Joe Mauer
Adding bus rapid transit to existing transit service along Cedar Avenue will provide a better, more convenient and comfortable connection from home to shopping, restaurants and sporting events—without the need to drive. It eliminates the hassle of driving through traffic and finding and paying for parking. You’ll be able to get from Lakeville to the Twins game in about 45 minutes.