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Phoenix Bus Rapid Transit Program​

In 2015, Phoenix voters approved Proposition 104, creating the 35-year street and transit plan known as Transportation 2050 or T2050. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was identified as a key component of T2050 to continue expanding our city's high capacity transit network.

As a new transit option for Phoenix, BRT will transform and improve transit speed, reliability and overall rider experience. Pho​​enix BRT is being developed with community input and collaboration and based on where current and future transit ridership shows the most need. 

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What is happening now? 

In April 2022, Phoenix City Council approved the Phoenix BRT Program to continue public outreach and stakeholder engagement, alternative analysis, and 15 percent design plans for the initial Bus Rapid Transit corridor of 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street. Currently, the Phoenix BRT Program is evaluating existing conditions and seeking community feedback to learn more about the community's needs for the 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street Corridor. Learn more about BRT​ and where it's headed by visiting our new website at MeetPhoenixBRT.com. This blog site hosts a series of blogs, infographics, maps, articles and the latest BRT program information. 


Bus Rapid Transit 101

​What is BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high capacity bus service that operates throughout the day on major roads with a focus on improved speed, reliability, convenience and overall transit experience.  Some of the elements found in BRT systems include enhanced stations, custom buses, advanced fare collection, unique branding, dedicated lanes and transit spot improvements (such as queue jump lanes and transit signal priority).   ​ 

Elements of BRT 

 Advanced fare collection Transit spot improvements Enhanced stations

 Custom buses Dedicated lanes Unique branding

 ​Why BRT? 
  • BRT is part of our commitment to you in the Transportation 2050 plan.

  • Expands mobility choices to help keep pace with region's growing transportation needs. For more information on regional efforts visit Maricopa Association of Governments.

  • Improves speed and reliability of existing transit network in Phoenix.

  • Assists riders traveling across Phoenix and connecting to other cities.

How is BRT Different from RAPID/Express? 

BRT Schedule​

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Community Engagement

Our team is committed to an interactive and collaborative community education and engagement process to help make Phoenix BRT a success.

To show our commitment to this process, the BRT Program has launched a new website - MeetPhoenixBR​T.com  – that will provide you the latest BRT information and inform you of future opportunities to co-create with the Phoenix BRT team! As we developed this site, we focused on three main goals:

  • Creating a transparent and open network for communication with our community.
  • Fostering a collaborative process with the community; co-create.
  • Building a connection to our program and project team.

Check out our new site today and stay connected with us!

Ongoing Outreach Efforts 
Community Outreach Phase 2 - Fall 2022

Beginning fall 2022, the Phoenix BRT program will begin alternatives analysis and conceptual design for the 35th Avenue/Van Buren Street Corridor. During this phase the team will be evaluating existing conditions and collecting input from the community on their needs for the BRT corridor. 

Past Outreach Efforts 
Community Outreach Phase 1 - 2020

From February to December 2020, the Phoenix BRT program launched an education and engagement campaign to provide continuous opportunities for the community to learn about the program and provide input on the six potential corridors and four potential networks. To best reach the community, BRT program staff employed both traditional in-person and virtual outreach methods and provided all materials in both English and Spanish. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, outreach efforts shifted to virtual platforms in March 2020. 

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Ways to Participate ​​​

Public Meetings 

April 20, 2022 Formal City Council Meeting      

February 24, 2022 Citizens Transportation Commission Meeting     

​​​October 6, 2021 Formal City Council Meeting    

​​September 15, 2021 Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee Meeting   

​May 27, 2021 Citizens Transportation Commis​sion Meeting    

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Frequentl​y Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Learn more about the Phoenix BRT Program.​

Question 1: What is BRT?

Answer: BRT, or bus rapid transit, is a modern, high-capacity bus network that improves travel speed and reliability, passenger capacity, and the customer experience through various available transit enhancements. BRT uses specialized buses with multiple doors for fast entry and exit, an off-board fare payment system, and level platform boarding, making it easier for people of all abilities to efficiently access the system. It can also include priority treatment at signalized intersections to increase speed and reliability, and may include bus-only lanes in some areas to facilitate faster trips. ​

Question 2: What are some typical elements of BRT?

Answer: There is no universal standard for BRT, as it is planned and designed to best meet the needs of the community. Phoenix BRT program elements may include:

  • ​Custom buses and enhanced bus stations with level boarding

  • Off-board fare payment; for example, purchase fares on your phone or at a kiosk, instead of paying as you board the bus

  • Unique branding

  • Transit spot improvements such as traffic signal priority for buses at intersections

  • Dedicated bus lanes for BRT vehicles

Question 3: What is a queue jump?

Answer: A queue jump is used to provide preference to buses at intersections. It consists of an additional lane at an intersection, accompanied by its own traffic signal, allowing buses to merge smoothly back into the regular thru lanes; giving buses a head start ahead of traffic. For more information about queue jumps, visit theTransit Street Design guide.

Question 4: What is Transit Signal Priority?

Answer: Transit Signal Priority (TSP) is a technology that allows BRT vehicles to communicate with traffic signals within the designated BRT corridor. TSP can help vehicles move more quickly through the corridor and increase transit reliability via two methods:

  • ​Extended Green: When a BRT vehicle is approaching a green signal that is about to turn yellow, it may request that the signal's green phase be extended by a few seconds to allow the vehicle to travel the intersection. 

  • Early Green: Likewise, a BRT vehicle approaching a red signal that is about to turn green may request that the signal turn green slightly early so that the vehicle can get through the intersection.​

Question 5: How is BRT different than current transit services?

Answer: RAPID and Express routes operate on freeways and utilize the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes whenever possible. RAPID and Express routes provide service in the morning and again in the evening, during the traditional commuter “rush" hours. Each has a limited number of stops that are near the beginning and end of a particular route.  

BRT provides high-capacity bus service that can operate throughout the day on major roads, and features transit enhancements that improve travel speed, transit frequency, passenger capacity, and the overall customer experience.

BRT versus RAPID and Express

​​Question 6: What are the benefits of BRT?

Answer: There are many benefits of BRT for a fast-growing city like Phoenix, which include:

  • Faster and more frequent service. BRT is often 20 to 25 percent faster than local bus service.
  • Increased cost efficiency. BRT can reduce operating costs by stopping less often, thus increasing the travel speed of the vehicle. This reduces the number of vehicles needed to adhere to headways (or frequencies) on a route.
  • Reduced travel delays. BRT can benefit transit users by removing the bus from mixed traffic in congested areas and keep passengers moving.
  • Shorter construction schedules for BRT. Construction is generally limited to station areas, with most of the improvements being intersection signal work and street signage and striping.

Question 7: How is BRT funded?

Answer: BRT is funded through the voter-approved Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan. More information can be found here.  

Question 8: How much will Phoenix BRT cost?

Answer: The cost of BRT is ultimately determined by the level of investment in BRT elements. We are just getting started on Phoenix's first BRT network and exact costs have not yet been determined. While there is no universal standard for BRT, costs will depend on options such as station design, transit spot improvements and dedicated lanes.   

Question 9: How will BRT accommodate different abilities?

Answer: BRT provides improved accessibility for passengers of all abilities including features such as level boarding, enhanced passenger amenities at stations, more doors on the bus for better entry and exit and more room for circulation within buses.   

Question 10: How will BRT accommodate the cycling community?

Answer: BRT can accommodate bicycles, either on racks on the front of the bus or racks/hangers inside of each bus. Bicycle storage features will be determined once the BRT buses are selected. In addition, BRT typically offers locations to secure bicycles at or adjacent to the station.   

Question 11: What other cities have BRT?

Answer: BRT systems can be found in over 160 cities worldwide with dozens more under construction across the country.  Some cities include:

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