Plans begin for Bus Rapid Transit system in Perth's north (Australia)

Source: WA Today
Design work has started on a bus rapid transit system between Ellenbrook and Bassendean train station.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced AECOM had been awarded a $630,000 tender to develop concept designs for the new system.
The BRT was announced last year as part of the state government’s 20-year, $4 billion public transport plan, which also includes a light-rail network between Mirrabooka and the city, trains to Yanchep and heavy rail connecting Perth Airport to the CBD.
Mr Buswell said the BRT would have dedicated priority within existing streets and would move more people in one road lane than cars.
By 2031 it would accommodate 6500 users daily.
«The BRT system will provide improved journey times, enhanced bus stops/stations and strategically-located park and ride facilities,» Mr Buswell said.
«The BRT design will include planning for stations, integration with existing and planned land use and transport networks, park and ride facilities and bus priority treatment.
«This work will help to identify any key construction issues and any impacts the BRT may have on the broader transport network.»
The Minister said that development of the concept designs would include consultation with key stakeholders, including the Public Transport Authority, Main Roads, Department of Planning and local government.
The concept design work is expected to be completed by March 2013.
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