METRO RTA, along with local city and county partners, is working to identify a designated corridor for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. Once a corridor is identified and funding is secured, Greater Akron could see a BRT investment that improves the transit experience, spurs economic development, and enhances quality of life.
BRT is an advanced, high-quality transit system that delivers safe, fast, and comfortable service. Improvements may include enhanced stations including lighting, raised platforms, off board fare collections and real-time information, transit signal priority, and high-frequency service. BRT will improve access to jobs and services, and address regional growth and opportunity barriers in our community. The convenience of BRT will drive sustainable economic growth patterns close to transit and avoid the commons causes of bus delay, such as being stuck in traffic and passengers waiting to pay on board.
“An advisory committee has been in place for approximately 18 months to explore options with METRO team members, stakeholders, city and county leaders, and municipalities,” said Valerie Shea, Director of Planning and Strategic Development. “METRO partners are working diligently to develop alternatives that support the community’s desire for enhanced transit options, while keeping in mind the economic climate. Funding considerations are a top priority and collaboration is needed to bring this investment to life. METRO is grateful to have exceptional partnerships across the community that are as determined to provide fair and equitable transportation to all.”
METRO invites members of the public to attend a “Brews, Bites, and Bus Rapid Transit” meeting to learn more about BRT on Wednesday, November 1. The event will take place at Akronym Brewing, 58 E. Market St., Akron, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Additional meetings will be held at the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center on Monday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, November 9 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Additional information about Bus Rapid Transit can be found at yourmetrobus.org/BRT.