Q. What is transit-oriented development?
Transit-oriented development is a pattern of development that supports (and is supported by) an efficient transit system.
Q. What's the goal of TOD?
The goal of transit-oriented development is to create communities where dependence on the automobile is reduced, and where the balance of multiple means of transportation (transit, automobiles, bicycles, walking) help to increase the accessibility of goods and services to people of all ages and incomes, the affordability and variety of housing, and the energy and resource efficiency of neighborhoods, cities and regions.
Q. What is a bus rapid transit system?
A bus rapid transit (BRT) system is like an express bus that operates with greater frequency and offers faster and more comfortable trips to common destinations compared with a regular bus route.
- A BRT system uses dedicated lanes (or its own right of way) so the buses can bypass traffic congestion.
- A BRT system typically moves between stations designed so a person has not only a shorter but a more comfortable wait.
- Finally, the BRT system uses vehicles that are attractive and offer a more comfortable ride, with fewer stops and more direct routes.
The proposed route would link the Sarasota campus of the University of South Florida and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on the north end with Westfield Sarasota Square Mall on the south end.
Q. How would it operate?
The system typically offers premium services on existing roadways or dedicated rights of way. Service frequency ranges from eight to 20 minutes and the distance between stops ranges from one-quarter mile to two miles.