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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 T2050Bus 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? 

On October 6, 2021, following over a year of transit analysis, corridor evaluation, and communit​y outreach and education, Phoenix City Council approved the initial BRT corridor of 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street. Now that a corridor has been approved for the BRT program, the next steps are to refine the program schedule, develop detailed corridor plans and conceptual alternatives, and identify funding options. Additionally, the Phoenix BRT Program will continue to connect with the community through education, input, and collaboration opportunities to help build a system that best meets community needs.

Oct. 6 Formal Agenda- Item 79 on Pg. 223 (PDF) ​

Sept. 15 TIP BRT Report ​with Att​achments and Presentation ​(PDF)

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​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).   ​

Bus Rapid Transit Fact Sheet (PDF)


Elements of BRT 

 Advanced fare collectionTransit spot improvementsEnhanced stations

 Custom busesDedicated lanesUnique 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.

BRT Schedule


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Community Education and Engagement

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

Check it out! The BRT Community Education and Engagement Plan (PDF) identifies strategies and activities to educate and engage the community in developing the BRT program. 

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. 

Community Outreach Phase 1 - 2020

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The Community Engagement Summary 2020 (PDF) identifies outreach tools and materials used to engage and educate the public and solicit feedback: 

• Transit analysis maps
• Social media
• Program webpage (www.phoenix.gov/brt)
• Project fact sheet
• Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
• “BRT 101" videos
• Online meeting webpage
• In-person/virtual meetings with all 15 City of Phoenix Village Plannin​​g Committees
• In-person/virtual meetings with community groups
• News releases and television programs
• Live virtual public meetings
• Shape Your BRT survey

Ways to Participate ​​

Past Public Meetings 

​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 the Transit 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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