Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Research

As with so many things, there'a no substitute for personal experience. There are numerous BRT lines in North America, but one of the highest rated is Cleveland's HealthLine -- which operates 24 hours a day!  Over the years I've driven through Ohio a few times, I think I went through Cleveland on a 2006 Greyhound trip to Toronto. I want to visit Cleveland to experience their transit system: light rail, bus, BRT, and trolley.

Here are just some of the questions I hope to answer:

• Why do they have four different modes?
• How did they decide to use one mode at a location rather than another?
• With respect to public transit, what are the similarities & differences between St. Louis & Cleveland?
• Would their BRT better serve the public had they done the things to earn a higher ranking?
• How does Cleveland's State Line BRT compare to their HealthLine BRT? How much development has it generated?
• How much of the new development is because of the HealthLine, how much is because it operates 24/7?
• Why didn't they build either BRT line as light rail? In retrospect, would BRT have been a better choice?

In October my husband and I will be vacationing in Chicago for a week, so I'd like to take a few days of that time to go to Cleveland for two nights to use & observe their transit system. Over the weekend we purchased the roundtrip tickets on Megabus, fares are lowest the more lead time you have.  We'll leave Chicago on a Thursday morning, arriving in Cleveland 7+ hours later at 3:35pm.  Our return bus leaves at  5:45pm on Saturday, getting back to Chicago just past midnight. I'm asking for readers to help with the costs, so this research trip is possible.

Here is the budget:

• Megabus: $36.50
• Hotel (2 nights): $300+
• Local transit fares: $25
• Misc: $13.50
TOTAL $375+

Most of the budget is hotel, I want to stay right on the HealthLine to facilitate riding the 24-hour BRT at various times. I'm still researching hotels, but none are cheap. Rates do very though, I just need to see which ones have rooms available with a "roll-in shower" on the two nights we'd be there.

If you can donate it would be greatly appreciated.

Photo source: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Cleveland_Regional_Transit_Authority)

Organizer

Steve Patterson Patterson
Organizer
St Louis, MO

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