Following a summer when the initial Milwaukee County East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Feasibility Study was approved by the City of Milwaukee, Village of Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee County Board, UWM SARUP held its second BRT workshop course. The Fall 2016 students focused on 1) messaging to communicate potential benefits and challenges of BRT to key audiences and 2) visioning to identify opportunities and address key challenges as the East-West Corridor BRT project moves forward and future phases of BRT are considered in the Milwaukee region.*
Students learned about BRT in a variety of ways throughout the semester. Students hosted eight guest speakers in class, listened to several Near West Side residents and leaders in a public meeting on November 14th, received feedback from local and national planning professionals in a Practitioner Workshop on November 21st, and presented their analysis and recommendations in a Final Workshop on December 12th.
The students’ final products include a Final Presentation and Final Report. These documents show the benefits of BRT, strategies to address challenges related to implementing BRT, and potential designs for dedicated BRT lanes, stations, and routes.
Final Report Appendix A: BRT Case Studies
Final Report Appendix B: Community Meeting Summary
Final Report Appendix C: East-West Corridor Cross Sections
Final Report Appendix D: Analysis of Potential BRT Routes
Final Report Appendix E: Conceptual Renderings
Final Report Appendix F: Infographics
*We recognize that the ultimate decisions to develop a BRT system will be made by elected officials and agencies. In fact, we are excited that Milwaukee County, the Cities of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WisDOT, SEWRPC and others are continuing work to make BRT a reality. The next phase of Milwaukee County’s East-West Corridor BRT project will include significant public outreach to help determine how BRT stations and lanes are designed. We hope that our ideas can contribute to the public discussion around creating a high-quality rapid transit system that becomes a signature feature of the Milwaukee region.