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Leveraging Bus Rapid Transit to Build More Sustainable Communities

A report examining development opportunites along 64 miles of King County Metro Transit's future bus rapid transit corridors has been added to the Best Practices research articles.

"Developing the Next Frontier: Capitalizing on Bus Rapid Transit to Build Community" was written by The Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Initiative, a partnership among ULI Seattle, King County Metro Transit, the city of Seattle, the city of Shoreline, and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project. The partnership analyzed and made recommendations about  how RapidRide lines can be organizing catalysts to build more sustainable and economically thriving communities.

The report contains case studies of similar BRT service in Cleveland, Kansas City, and the Twin Cities and analyzes three station areas in Seattle and Shoreline. From the perspectives of multimodal corridors, neighborhood design, housing, jobs/workers, marketing, and stakeholders, the team developed specific recommendations for RapidRide and initiative partners, as well as recommendations for each station area.

This report provides recommendations that address the transit system, corridor development, marketing, and stakeholder involvement. In addition, it examines housing opportunities, neighborhood design, and corridor development in the vicinity of three planned stations. The three stations represent a range of development conditions typical of arterial corridors in the Puget Sound region.

Developing the Next Frontier: Capitalizing on Bus Rapid Transit to Build Community