Evaluation of bus rapid transit deployment on an arterial road in West Valley City, Utah.
Evaluation of Transit Signal Priority Strategies for Bus Rapid Transit Project on 3500 South Street in Salt Lake County, UT
This research evaluates bus rapid transit (BRT) implementation along 3500 South Street, a major arterial road in West Valley City, Utah, through microsimulation. This route is a major arterial and was the first BRT implementation in Utah.
The field of study consists of a segment of 3500 South Street with 13 signalized intersections along 3500 South, where traffic volumes are highest. Evaluations are based on a VISSIM simulation model, which was created for this sub-network, based on real traffic and transit data from the field for the period of 4pm to 6pm.
Results from the microsimulation runs show that the new BRT line leads to significant improvements of transit operations, with reductions of close to 20 percent in travel times and 40 percent in dwell times compared to the regular bus route on the same road.