Stakeholders encouraged about Northwest Arkansas transit prospects; still need to find the money

Posted: February 16, 2018 at 1:07 a.m.

Stakeholders agreed Thursday a bus rapid transit system on U.S. 71B through the Northwest Arkansas metro area is feasible and would be a good investment for the region but a dedicated funding source is needed to make the venture sustainable.

Bus rapid transit

A system usually involving dedicated lanes for buses and bus stops designed to reduce traffic delays from passengers getting on and off a bus. Buses get priority through intersections. The Northwest Arkansas study looked for a less expensive and less intrusive option for the U.S. 71B corridor.

The service would likely use medium-sized buses and without dedicated lanes. More drivers and staff would have to be hired with about 21 new buses.

The study envisions the route operating, at a minimum, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville to Tiger Boulevard in Bentonville from about 6 a.m. to about 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Buses would be on 10-minute intervals during peak hours.

Source: Staff report

Take a look

The final draft report, Smart Bus Rapid Transit Study for the U.S. 71B Corridor, is available online at: www.ozark.org

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