Bus rapid transit system plan for Northwest Arkansas coming together

Posted: December 23, 2017 at 1 a.m.

File Photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE A Ozark Regional Transit shuttle makes its way west on Backus Avenue earlier this year in Springdale. Transit officials, with help from a $140,000 Walton Family Foundation grant, commissioned a study for a bus system on U.S. 71B running at 15-minute intervals to connect the cities and form a spine for regional public transportation, fed by a system of local routes.

SPRINGDALE -- Ozark Regional Transit officials plan to take general recommendations for a bus rapid transit system through Northwest Arkansas to stakeholders in February. Then they'll try to figure out if they can pay for it.

Bus rapid transit

A full-blown bus rapid transit system usually involves dedicated lanes for buses and bus stops designed to reduce traffic delays from passengers getting on and off a bus. Stops are spaced out and the buses get priority through intersections.

The Northwest Arkansas study is looking for a less expensive and less intrusive option for the crowded U.S. 71B corridor that could be done relatively quickly. The study is considering traffic signal priorities, population densities, park-and-ride lots with bus stations and bus pullouts, among other things.

Source: Staff Report

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