LTD BRT: Inventing Tomorrow
By Bill Moore
Lane Transit District (LTD) services the twin cities of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. When the community looked at constructing a light-rail commuter train, similar to the highly-successful one in Portland, the cost of the project was simply too daunting. At an estimated US$30-60 million per mile, the city fathers decided that was a financial "nut" too hard to swallow.
Instead, a team from Lane Transit District proposed a new concept, based on a successful bus system operating in Curitiba, Brazil. The idea would combine the best features of light-rail and conventional buses, but at a far lower cost-per-mile.
In a 40-minute dialog, LTD's director, Ken Hamm talks to EV World about the district's innovative Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and the technology it will employ, including a brand-new, American-built hybrid-electric BRT bus.
To listen to this two-part interview, click the Play Audio links at the top right. You will need the RealPlayer plugin available for free from Real.com.
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