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** February 2013 ** NJ Transit's Final Report (Routes 55/42/676 Bus Rapid Transit Locally Preferred Alternative) is now available to download. Please click here to read the PDF document.
** April 2013 ** The Alternatives Analysis Final Report is now complete. Please click here to read the PDF document or here to see the Appendices.
NJ TRANSIT has initiated an Alternatives Analysis for transit improvements in southern New Jersey in the vicinity of Routes 55/42/676 in Camden and Gloucester Counties.
The initial screening of alternatives confirmed earlier findings that rail and light rail alternatives in the study corridor face significant barriers to implementation and high capital costs. However, enhanced Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems offer the benefits of light rail but with more flexible implementation and lower costs.
The next step will be Alternatives Development, which will focus on bus improvement options in southern New Jersey in the vicinity of Routes 55/42/676 in Camden and Gloucester counties. The AA will identify and evaluate a range of capital and bus operations improvement alternatives with the help of the public and other stakeholders at public open house meetings.
The study process is following Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines for an Alternatives Analysis since this project has the potential to qualify for Federal funds within the Federal New Starts/Small Starts programs. Major tasks within the study include establishing purpose and need, developing, analyzing and evaluating alternatives, interacting with the public, local elected officials and other stakeholders, developing funding and financing strategies, and selecting a preferred alternative. The graphic below depicts the study approach. Click on the graphic to enlarge.
Estimates for capital construction cost and operations and maintenance for various alternatives will be developed in the study.
The Alternatives Analysis study was initiated by NJ TRANSIT in the Spring of 2010. Results are expected by mid-2012.
If a preferred alternative is selected and advanced, travelers in the vicinity of Routes 55/42/676 will have additional travel options to choose from with quicker, more reliable and more convenient transit service to the City of Camden and Center City Philadelphia.
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Learn more about Bus Rapid Transit and the public agencies participating in this study.
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