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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Research

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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.

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Steve Patterson Patterson
St Louis, MO

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