Bait and Switch on Kendall Drive Averted — For Now

September 29th, the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust voted down a resolution supporting FDOT's manufactured plans for “Corridor BRT," and supported a resolution supporting dedicated curbside lanes for the Kendall Corridor of the SMART plan.

Author: Riders Alliance Team
Published On: Friday, October 01, 2021 | 03:51 PM

September 29th, the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust voted down a resolution supporting FDOT's manufactured plans for “Corridor BRT," and supported a resolution supporting dedicated curbside lanes for the Kendall Corridor of the SMART plan.
 
The next day, County Commissioner Regalado (District 7) deferred the item from the Transportation Planning Organization asking FDOT to come back with a plan that's “more thoughtful” (thank you commissioner for that).
 
The “Corridor BRT” plan from FDOT would not implement rapid transit but would make changes to existing bus service making improvements like Traffic Signal Prioritization (already being implemented) and queue jumps. Both of these improvements are being made to regular bus service across the country, not rapid transit corridors.
 
In fact, “Corridor BRT” is not a technical term, but a funding one. The term comes from the Federal Transit Administration's funding guide for transit projects. The definitive source on bus rapid transit categorization, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, which sets the standards for BRT (hence the South Dade BRT project's label as “Gold-Standard”), would categorize the FDOT proposal as lower than “Basic BRT." There's actually no definition for FDOT's Kendall plan because it's just not BRT.
 
We're looking forward to seeing real transit solutions implemented on the County's most congested corridor.

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