Urban Rapid Transit

Urban Rapid Transit
John Dulin
Garrett Page
Surbhi Kapoor
What is Rapid Transit?
New York
A passenger transport
system in urban areas
with high capacity and
frequency, and grade
separation from other
Typically located either in:
• Underground tunnels
• on elevated viaducts
above street level
• Outside urban centers,
rapid transit lines may
run on grade separated
ground level tracks.
San Francisco
Overview of Rapid Transit
Rapid transit began with the opening with
the opening in 1863 of the Metropolitan
Railway, now part of the London
A demonstration for an
underground transit system
in New York City was first
built by Alfred Ely Beach in
• The Beach subway was
demolished when the BMT
Broadway Line was built in the
1910s; thus, it was not integrated
into the New York City Subway
• 1st long-term highway authorization
enacted since 2005
• $105-billion
• 27 months, expiring in September 2014.
New York City
One of the most famous
urban mass transit systems
in the world
served by Port Authority
Trans-Hudson (PATH), and
an extensive bus system.
New York City
Branded as MTA New York
City Transit) is a public
authority in the U.S. state of
New York that operates
public transportation in New
York City. the
Metropolitan Transportation
Authority is, the busiest and
largest transit system in
North America,the NYCTA
has a daily ridership of 7
million trips (over 2 billion
New York City
good news: Residents of New York State use
mass transit way more than other
metropolitan areas, drivers in New York wear
seatbelts, New York highways are relatively
safe, and foreigners like to visit.
New York City
The bad news: New Yorkers have the nation's secondlongest commute and rely lots of "functionally
obsolete" bridges, and New York's airports have
punctuality issues, according to the U.S. Department of
Transportation's ninth annual compendium of state
transportation statistics
Chicago has built its transit system to
connect the cities of the east with the
farmers of the west.
This has made Urban Transit
always focused on getting out
of the city.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
operates the nation’s second largest
public transportation system. On an
average weekday, 1.6 million rides are
taken on CTA. The CTA is a regional
transit system that serves 40 suburbs, in
addition to the City of Chicago, and
provides 83 percent of the public transit
trips in the six-county Chicago
metropolitan area.
Traffic Jams
10 worst in U.S
Poor investment into other forms of Public
Modern Chicago Rapid Transit
3 Major airports, with several smaller ones
rebuilding old rail lines, and integrating
them with other forms of public transit
San Francisco
• BART- Bay Area Rapid
o ease congestion
o connect cities &
September 11, 1972
5th busiest in the US
outdoor &
Carried <2.7 billion
Challenges for BART
• Aging
• Population
• Incompatible with other systems
BART Connecting Services
• Direct connections to 2 rail services:
o Caltrain, which provides service between
San Francisco, San Jose, and Gilroy
o Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, which runs from
Sacramento to San Jose
• Bus transit services
• Host's car sharing
• Airport's
o San Francisco International Airport (direct)
o Oakland International Airport (AirBART)
Future of BART
• Expansion and Extension
o Warm Springs
o Oakland Airport Connector
• New Train Car Project
o $896 million contract award to Bombardier
Transit Corporation for design and
construction of 410 train cars.
1. Which of the following was not discussed for why rapid
transit was built?
a. ease congestion
b. connect cities
c. help the environment
2. What is some bad news when it comes to New York
a. the smell
b. strikes
c. punctuality due to congestion
3. What was the ILL Politician worked to get the
transnational railroad to go throw Chicago.
b. Douglas
c. Lewis
• http://www.bart.gov/about/history/history1.aspx
• http://www.bayrailalliance.org/bart
• http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/
• http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/07/01/con