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Bus rapid transit

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[[File:Orange Line BRT.jpg|right|400px|frame|The Los Angeles County Metro Orange Line carries over 20,000 trips every day, traversing the San Fernando Valley. Photo via the Metro Transportation Library and Archive.]]
In corridors with high existing or potential transit ridership, transit agencies may want to consider investing in a segregated busway. This is particularly relevant where the agency owns an existing right-of-way or if there is excess road space. Busways grant exclusive use of the right-of-way to buses. They may be grade-separated, at-grade, or median lanes. Busways that are separate from general traffic flow improve reliability and travel time, but are generally more expensive to implement. Busways provide even greater operational advantages over bus-only lanes by reducing interactions with other vehicles entirely, except in instances where the busway intersects with streets. Busways also increase driver productivity, increase fuel efficiency, and improve safety.<ref name=TCRP2006/> Furthermore, busways may allow for easier boarding and alighting at the bus stations because they allow for the space to provide raised platforms.
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