Webinar: Planning, design, implementation and operation of the Yichang BRT corridor and related BRT corridor improvements

09 / 16 / 2015

The Across Latitudes and Cultures BRT Centre of Excellence invites to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our September webinar will be:

“Planning, design, implementation and operation of the Yichang BRT corridor and related BRT corridor improvements”

Presented by Karl Fjellstrom, on Thursday September 24th, 9:30am GMT-03:00 (8:30 am East Coast USA). Karl is the Regional Director, East & Southeast Asia – Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

See summary, presentation and video below.

Summary:
The City of Yichang in 2015 implemented Asia’s second Gold Standard BRT system. Yichang, the site of the Three Gorges Dam, is the second largest city in Hubei province, with around 1.5 million urban residents. Yichang is implementing two BRT corridors in 2015, from the city center southward for 13km (open July) and northward for 10km (open November). Impact analysis surveys in September 2015 already reveal a range of impressive impacts (http://itdp-china.org/en/other/impacts-yc). The BRT system in August averaged 240,000 daily passenger trips and includes 200 new BRT buses currently in operation. 20% of BRT passengers transferred from cars and taxis. Yichang has implemented parking improvements in 2015, with half of the approximately 1,000 setback parking spaces along the BRT corridor eliminated and the remainder subject to improved management. Yichang has commenced implementation of BRT station area improvements in 12 locations along the BRT corridor, with landscaping, covered walkways and public space and further BRT station access improvements to be implemented in 2015. City centre covered walkway structures are under construction. Yichang also improved conditions for bicycles and pedestrians, with 30km of bike lanes (part of a planned 220km network), and 700 trees planted along with 29 new safe pedestrian crossings and 400 bollards installed along the BRT corridor. A bike sharing system has been approved and commencement of implementation will take place later in 2015. This presentation focuses mainly on BRT, explaining how all key aspects of the planning, design and implementation of BRT in Yichang proceeded, and assessing the initial operation of the potentially revolutionary new station configuration deployed. Related TOD aspects of BRT corridor improvement mentioned above are also briefly explained.

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Please email Alejandra at alejandracuevas@uc.cl with any questions or future topic suggestions. The series is open to anyone and will address issues relevant to researchers and practitioners. Please share this announcement with your extended network