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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

What True BRT Looks Like, in L.A. of All Places

One of the best Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the U.S. is located in one of the country's most crowded, congested, and sprawled cities.

Streetfilms produces videos that show how cities around the world are reclaiming their streets for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.

A Streetfilm from Clarence Eckerson Jr. shows a new 14-mile BRT system in the San Fernando Valley using a former rail right-of-way. Unlike many rapid bus transit systems in the U.S., the Orange Line is true BRT. It features a dedicated roadway that cars may not enter, has a pre-board payment system so buses load quickly and efficiently, and uses handsome, articulated buses to transport passengers fast.

The corridor also boasts a world class bike and pedestrian path which runs adjacent to the BRT route for nearly its entire length, giving users numerous multi-modal options. Each station has bike amenities, including bike lockers and racks, and all the buses feature racks on the front that accommodate up to three bikes.

Along with its success there are some concerns and issues with the system. For example, ridership numbers have some calling for the BRT to be converted to rail, and Metro is exploring ways to move more passengers, including buying longer buses. Also, expansion plans are underway. Still, a formerly 81 minute trip now takes 44-52 minutes.

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