Mass Transit Options

Bus

Conventional Bus

Transit services using a system of buses on existing road rights of way according to a fixed schedule

Express Bus

Fixed-route bus service with limited stops usually targeted to commuters between CBDs and suburbs.

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Nashville | Franklin | Murfreesboro | Cleveland (OH)

Typical Station Spacing

Local: 1-2 blocks, Express: 1+ miles

BRT

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Transit services using buses to perform premium services on existing roadways or dedicated rights of way. BRT combines the flexibility of buses with the frequency and travel time advantages of rail transit.

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Las Vegas | Eugene (OR) | Orlando

Typical Station Spacing

1/2 mile to several miles

Additional Resources

The Orlando LYMMO Storypdf
BRT Vehicle Catalogpdf

LRT

Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Lightweight passenger vehicle with an overhead power supply that can operate in mixed traffic and wide-ranging alignment configurations

Example Locations the following links will open a new window

Portland | Denver | Cleveland

Typical Station Spacing

1/2 mile to 1 mile

Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail

Electric or diesel train consisting of local short distance travel between a central city and its suburbs

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Albuquerque | Baltimore | Chicago | Dallas | Nashville

Typical Station Spacing

1/2 mile to several miles

Maglev

Magnetic Levitation (Maglev)

A high-speed rail technology where the train is suspended on a magnetic cushion above a magnetized track and so travels free of friction

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Los Angeles | Baltimore-Washington, D.C.

Typical Station Spacing

CBD: >1 mile, Periphery: 1mile to 3 miles, Intercity: several miles

Heavy Rail Transit

Heavy Rail Transit

Steel wheeled/electric powered vehicles with multi-cars operating on a fully grade separated right of way

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Atlanta | Chicago | Miami | Washington D.C.

Typical Station Spacing

CBD: >1 mile, Periphery: 1mile to 3 miles

High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail

Applies rail technologies on specifically designed tracks for high speed operation on longer distance travel at an interregional level

Example Locations

Northeast US (Amtrak Acela Express) | Europe | Asia

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United States | California

Typical Station Spacing

Chain of stops in cities across states

High Speed Rail

Monorail

Electrical railway with a car or a train of cars suspended from or straddles a fixed guideway by a single beam or rail. Can be operated either manually or totally automated

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Las Vegas | Seattle | Walt Disney World

Typical Station Spacing

1/3 mile to 1 mile

AGT

Automated Guideway Transit (AGT)

System of guided transit vehicles operating single or multi-car trains that are fully automated and travel on a grade separated rail network. Commonly used around downtowns and airports.

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Detroit | Miami | Newark

Typical Station Spacing

1/4 mile to 1 mile

Personal Rapid Transit

Personal Rapid Transit

Small, low speed system designed to provide personalized service with driverless vehicles that operate on demand

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Morgantown (West Virginia University)

Typical Station Spacing

Closely spaced stations in dense area

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

A fixed-route service across a body of water using a ferryboat or small watercraft that provides service between several points or docks located along the waterfront.

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Chicago | Ft. Lauderdale | New York

Typical Station Spacing

Varies

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