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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Technology Workshop

October 19, 2004

Oregon joined the growing number of states implementing an innovative transportation system, with the groundbreaking for its new 4-mile BRT line from downtown Eugene to downtown Springfield. The BRT system will provide a flexible mass transit system capable of adapting to the existing physical environment, available infrastructure and individual travel route requirements. These and other vital BRT issues will be explored during a special workshop being held on October 22, 2004 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM as a part of ASCE’s 2004 Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

The Transportation & Development Institute – in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) – will host the day long workshop, which focuses on emerging technology in mass transit and BRT. Subjects covered in the session will range from transportation planning and traffic operations to vehicle guidance and design, and the materials provided will be based on the FTA’s new Characteristics of BRT Manual. The keynote address will be given by Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, and the session will close with a panel discussion on future content for the FTA’s BRT Guideline Document presented by Dennis Hinebaugh, director of the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.

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