Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration
Corridor Cities Transitway
Modos de Tránsito

El corredor ha sido diseñado como una instalación dedicada sólo con interacción limitada con el tráfico vehicular en cruces de calles locales. Los criterios del diseño del corredor son tales como para albergar ya fuere Tránsito Ferroviario Liviano (LRT) u Ómnibus de Transito Rápido (BRT). La construcción involucrará ya fuere vías de ferrocarril iguales o una instalación de calzada de dos carriles, dependiendo del modo seleccionado. Las estaciones y otras amenities serán diseñadas para cualquier modo.



Bus Rapid Transit
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BRT Brochure-1

The CCT has selected BRT as the mode for operation. Many people may be wondering, "What is BRT?" BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit. BRT is a modern, permanent mode of transportation that combines features of both a bus system and a light rail system. Like a light rail system, BRT vehicles utilize dedicated lanes but can leave the dedicated lanes to serve local destinations as needed. However, BRT uses vehicles with rubber tires on a dedicated paved surface rather than steel wheels on steel rail. BRT also has the option to travel on local roadways. The benefit of a BRT system over a LRT system is that you still get the modern technology and design, which improve the overall experience of the rider, but at a lower cost and quicker construction time.

BRT systems have been successfully implemented in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Boston, Eugene and many cities in the U.S. and abroad. The CCT would be built as an entirely separate dedicated roadway facility. Low floor vehicles with level boarding is another characteristic of a BRT system. This provides for reduced boarding time as well as providing more comfortable and convenient access for people with disabilities.

BRT Benefits:

  • BRT vehicles can leave the dedicated lanes to serve local destinations, minimizing the need for multiple transfers
  • Clean emission and low emission vehicles can be used
  • Can provide frequent all-day service carrying more people faster than traditional fixed-route bus services that operate in mixed traffic
  • Generally have lower capital costs per mile than rail systems
  • Can be built in phases, providing options to the traveling public immediately, and can be expanded cost effectively
  • Some feeder buses could continue along the CCT to other destinations while others would terminate at a CCT station

BRT Vehicles

  • Low floors
  • Level boarding and alighting
  • Wide doors on both sides
  • No fare collection
  • Stylized, branded vehicles
  • Alternative, clean fuels
  • State-of-the-Art technology

BRT Running Ways

  • Exclusive transitway operating in the median or adjacent to the roadway
  • Minimal mixed traffic operations
  • Overpasses/underpasses at high volume intersections
  • Signal controls at low volume intersections

BRT Stations

  • Permanent, attractive and safe – Lighting, Emergency Call Boxes, Detectable Warning Strips
  • Customer Information and Seating
  • Passenger Information and Seating
  • Bus arrival/departure information
  • Off vehicle fare collection (ticket vending machines)
  • Level boarding
  • ¼- to 1-mile typical station spacing
  • All stations are expandable up to 125' platform length
  • Weather Protection – Canopy and Windscreen

 

Below are renderings of the types of stations for the CCT and what they could look like.

BRT in Action

 
Tránsito Ferroviario Liviano

El Tránsito Ferroviario Liviano (LRT) es un ferrocarril que opera sobre servidumbres de paso exclusivas y usualmente embarca y descarga pasajeros a nivel del suelo. El LRT es actualmente utilizado en todo el mundo desde 1980, los sistemas de LRT han operado en 13 áreas metropolitanas que incluyen Dallas, Portland, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Houston, y Minneapolis. Típicamente, los vehículos de LRT circulan por medio de electricidad y usan una fuente elevada para su potencia. Los vagones del LRT varían en ancho y longitud, pero los vagones articulados, o varias secciones de vagones articulados en forma conjunta, son más comunes en Estados Unidos. La línea CCT operaría vehículos LRT a lo largo de dos grupos de vías. Los pasajeros que utilizan el servicio de ómnibus alimentador serían transferidos a vehículos LRT en una estación de la línea CCT.

Beneficios del LRT:

  • Un tren de tres vagones articulados puede transportar de manera segura más de 400 pasajeros
  • La operación completamente automatizada es factible sobre una vía exclusiva
  • Los vagones permanecen quietos y proporcionan un suave andar
  • Una potencia suministrada externamente permite la calefacción y refrigeración necesarios sin derrochar combustible o perder rendimieto
  • Los pasajeros que utilizan el servicio de ómnibus alimentador podrían ser transferidos en estaciones de la línea CCT

Ejemplos de LRT:

lrt_oregon   lrt_houston
Portland, Oregon   Houston, Texas
 
lrt_neworleans   lrt_bordeaux
Orleans, Francia   Bordeaux, Francia