UW-Milwaukee Bus Rapid Transit Workshop

Monday, December 14, 2015

SARUP Students Create a Vision for Bus Rapid Transit in the Milwaukee Region

Final Products
Final Public PresentationDownload Arcobat Reader (PDF:20MB)
Example BRT Stations 3D Video
Example Median Station, Aerial View Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:4.8MB)
Example Median Station, Street ViewDownload Arcobat Reader (PDF:4.1MB)
Example Curbside Station, Aerial ViewDownload Arcobat Reader (PDF:6.7MB)
Example Curbside Station, Street ViewDownload Arcobat Reader (PDF:5.6MB)
Example Hub Station, Street View Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:7.3MB)
Example Hub Station, Inside ViewDownload Arcobat Reader (PDF:15.5MB)
Example Hub Station, Night View Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:2.1MB)
Example Station, Inside View Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:6.3MB)
BRT Station Characteristics Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:9.1MB)
Station Area Development Possibilities Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:7.4MB)
Example MRT Logos Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:5.2MB)
Example MRT Bus Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:2.4MB)
Example Dedicated Bus Lane Cross Sections Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:212k)
Automobile Traffic Capacity Analysis Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10k)
BRT System Map Concept, East-West Corridor Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10.1MB)
BRT System Map Concept, Alternative I Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10.6MB)
BRT System Map Concept, Alternative II Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10.4MB)
BRT System Route Types, Alternative I Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:1.1MB)
BRT System Route Types, Alternative II Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10.3MB)
BRT System Route Phasing, Alternative I Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:1.2MB)
BRT System Route Phasing, Alternative II Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:10.3MB)
System Planning Analysis, Preliminary Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:2.9MB)
System Planning Analysis, Alternative I Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:1.8MB)
System Planning Analysis, Alternative II Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:1.9MB)
Final Technical Report Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:5.7MB)

Course Background
During the Fall 2015 semester, students in the SARUP Bus Rapid Transit Workshop Course developed a vision for bus rapid transit (BRT) in the Milwaukee region. The 22 students created conceptual drawings of stations, dedicated bus lanes, interfaces with the Milwaukee Streetcar and local bus routes, and a system map—images that will help give Milwaukee area residents an understanding that BRT is a fast, attractive system that can provide excellent regional connectivity. These graphics are supported by a detailed, technical report that presents potential benefits of BRT, estimated costs, and strategies to finance the system. The products from the course can complement current BRT initiatives being considered by local, regional, and state agencies. The course was taught by Urban Planning professors Dr. Ivy Hu and Dr. Robert Schneider. Over 15 weeks, students were introduced to subjects such as the history of local transit initiatives, recent national and international BRT projects, transit finance, transit equity, and technical aspects of transit planning, engineering, and design. Guidance throughout the semester was provided by guest speakers, including representatives of local, regional, and state agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, and elected officials. Students shared their draft analysis and recommendations with 17 professionals in a Practitioner Workshop on November 23rd. They made revisions based on this feedback presented their final products in a Public Workshop on December 14th.

We recognize that the ultimate decisions to develop a BRT system will be made by elected officials and agencies. In fact, we are excited that Milwaukee County, the Cities of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WisDOT, SEWRPC and others are already working to make BRT a reality. We hope that our ideas can help support these efforts and contribute to the public discussion around creating a high-quality rapid transit system that becomes a signature feature of the Milwaukee region.

Professors:
Lingqian (Ivy) Hu, PhD Associate Professor
E-mail: hul@uwm.edu

Robert J. Schneider, PhD Assistant Professor
E-mail: rjschnei@uwm.edu