Give Your Bus a BOOST!

3:00 pm ET


  • James L Llamas, TEI Planning + Design;
  • Kelsey Walker, Toole Design (Previously with TEI Planning + Design);
  • Yuhayna Mahmud, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO)

Houston METRO has undertaken an ambitious program to BOOST its busiest bus lines. Organized around the customer-oriented goals of "A Better Walk, a Better Stop, a Better Ride," BOOST encompasses a suite of infrastructure and operational improvements designed to make local buses faster, more accessible, and more reliable. Doing so not only enhances the transit experience for thousands of current riders, but also delivers operating cost savings that METRO can reinvest in more service, attracting additional ridership. In this webinar, we will discuss the planning process, design and implementation experience, and expected outcomes of the first three BOOST corridors (one completed pilot segment, two corridors in construction, one in design). Special focus will be placed on the internal and external coordination required to deliver an atypical capital project that involves numerous agencies and departments.While rail and BRT projects usually capture headlines, METRO’s commitment to BOOST in the METRONext transit plan will cost-effectively and equitably attract new riders in a shorter time and at a lower cost than most major investment projects. This low-hanging fruit approach can be applied by transit agencies and cities of all sizes, especially in the wake of nationwide ridership drops and the transit operator shortage.

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