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Bus Rapid Transit

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Bus Rapid Transit Communities across the United States are increasingly turning to bus rapid transit (BRT) to address traffic congestion, support economic equity and provide enhanced mobility. BRT also provides a cost-effective means for achieving significant transit improvements in a timely manner. These benefits have long been a staple of the FTA Capital Investment Grant funding program. Our experienced team of funding, policy and operations experts have led clients through the complexities of federal and local funding to bring projects and initiatives into reality. Dedicated lanes, off-board fare collection, signal priority and platform-level boarding are all features that make BRT a transit solution where greater speed and reliability are a priority. HNTB has worked on more than two dozen BRT projects around the country, supporting all stages of development, planning, NEPA documentation, design and construction, and start-up operations. HNTB’s project experience ranges from relatively simple curbside running BRT to complex fixed guideway median running and managed lanes operations. HNTB provides the right technical expertise and an unwavering commitment to quality and a clear focus on client success every time.

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• Conceptual planning

• FTA STOPS modeling

• Quality and risk management

• NEPA/environmental documentation

• Federal readiness assessment

• Value engineering

• Preliminary/final design

• Grant writing

• Procurement

• Cost estimating

• PMOC coordination

• Construction administration/management

• Service/operations planning • ITS/STP • Funding/finance • Public engagement

• Testing/startup


IndyGo Red Line Indianapolis, Indiana When the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) set a goal to deliver the state’s first BRT line, it turned to HNTB for construction management and inspection services. From risk management, capital cost estimating, scheduling, design and constructibility reviews, to FTA reporting, public outreach, bidding support and construction inspection, HNTB was fully ingrained in this innovative initiative and collaborated closely with contractors, which consisted of more than 25% disadvantaged business enterprises. HNTB negotiated change orders and managed schedules to deliver the project in just 15 months — two months ahead of the deadline and under budget. At complete build-out, this 35-mile BRT route connects the northern and southern suburbs with the urban core and central business district of Marion County.

800 updated ADA curb ramps

34 station platforms constructed


lane miles of resurfaced roadway //Read more about IndyGo

Photo courtesy of IndyGo

Tulsa Peoria Avenue and Route 66 BRT Lines Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa’s first BRT lines, have transformed the perception and reliability of the service and HNTB was at the helm—providing the design services for this initiative. The stations and buses feature elements that create a unique Tulsa centric brand.

The first line runs north-south through the city, on Peoria Avenue and includes 39 stations along 9 miles of the corridor. The second line, opening in 2021, will run east-west along historic Route 66.


Pace Pulse Chicago, Illinois

HNTB is providing program management support for Pace’s new rapid transit network, delivering enhanced limited-stop bus service to commuters using the latest technology and streamlined route design. The Pulse Milwaukee Line, Pace's first Pulse line, opened in 2019. The Pulse Dempster Line will open in 2021, and several additional Pulse lines are in development.

Pulse was thoughtfully designed to provide fast, frequent and reliable arterial rapid transit bus service in heavily traveled corridors of suburban Chicagoland. The frequency and affordability of the new lines have improved access to jobs, medical care, shopping and more while elevating the visibility of transit in these corridors.

Aspen-Glenwood Springs VelociRFTA Aspen, Colorado The VelociRFTA BRT is considered to be the first rural bus rapid transit system in the nation. As program manager, HNTB paved the plan for this 40-mile, nine-station line by preparing an operating plan to accommodate a wide range of ridership levels for peak and non-peak seasons.

WiFi-enabled buses, fixed-route scheduling software, ticket vending machines and accessibility of mobility devices were all special elements that HNTB procured with VelociRFTA to implement.


Minneapolis Orange Line Minneapolis, Minnesota The Metro Transit Orange Line is a 17-mile planned highway BRT line along the I-35 West corridor from downtown Minneapolis through Richfield, Bloomington and Burnsville. HNTB is responsible for the design of stations, roadways, utilities and bridges along the corridor, overall design project management as well as design

services support during construction. The project street improvements include dedicated guideways and bridges. The Orange Line will be the first highway BRT in the Metro Transit’s system and is anticipated to begin in late 2021.


SuperLoop Rapid Bus System San Diego, California SuperLoop is an 8-mile circular loop system, operating both clockwise and counter-clockwise. The project, led by HNTB was constructed in three phases, with the initial phase providing transit signal priority and synchronization for the entire route with station area improvements constructed in later phases. //Read more about SuperLoop

GoRaleigh New Bern Avenue Raleigh, North Carolina As program manager for the Wake BRT System Standards and New Bern Avenue final design. HNTB is developing operating policies, branding and public engagement in addition to system standards for all four BRT corridors identified in the Wake County Transit Plan. Additionally, HNTB

//Learn more about GoRaleigh

is completing final design for New Bern Avenue – the first of four BRT lines to be implemented. New Bern is a 5.3-mile alignment with dedicated lanes operating both curbside as well as within a median based dedicated transitway.


San Francisco Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, California HNTB is providing program management support for this $316 million project that will implement the city’s first BRT system on Van Ness Avenue in downtown San Francisco that includes utility (water, sewer and emergency water system) replacement, street light replacement, bus power

overhead contact system, pole replacement, landscaping and pavement rehabilitation. Van Ness BRT is being constructed under the CM/GC project delivery method and is expected to carry 45,000 passengers per day when it opens in 2021.


MAX BRT Network Kansas City, Missouri The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority began to build out its BRT network with the opening of Main Street MAX in 2005, Troost MAX in 2011 and most recently Prospect MAX, which opened in 2019. HNTB played an integral role in all three corridors encompassing virtually every element of BRT planning and design including route development, traffic analyses, capital and operating cost estimating, operating plan development, preliminary design, environmental, final engineering and federal readiness assessment. Each project built upon each other in terms of incorporating the latest technologies and standards. The MAX BRT network has been integral in benefiting undeserved communities in Kansas City. //Read more about MAX BRT

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