Message - Bus Rapid Transit Route Selection
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Posted by  MORTENSEN Michelle E on July 16, 2001 at 11:34:52:

THE DATE! Tuesday August 7th

-----Original Message-----
From: YEITER Kurt M
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 9:24 AM
To: 'eugene-nlc@efn.org'
Subject: Bus Rapid Transit Route Selection

This e-mail serves as early notice that the Eugene Planning Commission and
Lane Transit District will host a public forum to help select the second
route for Bus Rapid Transit. I wanted the neighborhood leaders to be
aware of this opportunity to be heard at the earliest time. There will be
subsequent information sent later as the details become more firm.

The forum will be held at the LTD Board Room, 3500 East 17th Avenue, in
Glenwood. There will be an open house-type informational session probably
starting at 5:30 PM, and an opportunity for people to address the Planning
Commission probably beginning at 6:00 PM (we are still working on the
logistics). Of course, written materials may be submitted before or
during the forum.

After this forum, the Planning Commission will be asked to forward to the
City Council a recommendation of two or three routes for further study.
The date of this Commission action has not been determined yet.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the key tools for achieving our lower
"vehicle miles traveled" goals contained in TransPlan. BRT attempts to
provide the benefits of light rail at much less cost by using special
buses within exclusive guideways. BRT achieves its efficiencies over
regular bus service by removing the vehicles from automobile traffic
wherever possible; having fewer, better equipped stations, easier boarding
(including bicycles and wheelchairs), prepaid fares, and less waiting at
signals. A pilot project connecting downtown Eugene to a new station in
downtown Springfield recently received conditional approval. At time of
approval, the Eugene City Council asked for an ambitious 20-year schedule
to implement all 43 miles of proposed BRT routes in Eugene.

To select the next route, LTD has requested that the City help prioritize
the few routes as most appropriate for more detailed study at this time.
Of all the routes shown in TransPlan, nine were chosen by City and LTD
staff as being perhaps most appropriate for preliminary studies. The
Eugene Planning Commission reviewed early data on these nine routes, asked
for more data, and requested this public forum before they make any
recommendation to the City Council about the top two or three routes. The
nine routes being studied at this time include:

Amazon Parkway,
Willamette Corridor,
West 11th / West 13th Corridor to Chambers,
West 11th / West 13th Corridor to Bertelsen,
West 6th and West 7th Avenue, onto Highway 99,
River Road,
Coburg Road to Gateway via Harlow,
Coburg to Chad, and
Centennial Boulevard .

Preliminary data is available for these corridors, but more will be
available by the date of the forum. The current data is available from
the City Department of Planning and Development or from Lane Transit

I'll send another message as more information about the forum becomes

Please call if you have any questions. Thank you.

Kurt Yeiter
Senior Planner
Planning and Development Department
City of Eugene
99 West 10th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 682-8379 Fax (541) 682-5572


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