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Location Options

We can add a dedicated transitway in different locations within the roadway, or right- of-way. When we talk about the roadway/right-of-way, we usually mean all of the publicly-owned road space which includes the street as well as the sidewalks, utility areas, and the landscaped areas along the road.

A graphic displaying tradeoffs of Elevated, below ground, and street-level stations

Dedicated transitways support both Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Light Rail (LRT).

Street-Level Transitway

What is a street-level transitway?

  • A dedicated transitway running down the middle of the street
  • Operations are impacted by traffic signals, pedestrians, bikes, intersections, and other street-level uses.

Cross section of a street-level transitway

Elevated Transitway

What is an elevated transitway?

  • A dedicated transitway built up above street-level along an existing street
  • Stations are above street level and are accessed by stairs, escalators, and/or ADA elevators

Cross section of an elevated transitway

Cut-and-Cover Transitway

What is a cut-and-cover transitway?

  • A dedicated transitway directly under the roadway with a road "lid" on top
  • Stations are underground, and are accessed by stairs, escalators, and/or ADA elevators

Cross section of a cut-and-cover transitway

Tunnel Transitway

What is a tunnel transitway?

  • A dedicated transitway under the road, built by boring a tunnel through the ground
  • Stations are underground, and are accessed by stairs, escalators, and/or ADA elevators

Cross section of a transitway tunnel

Transitway Options

Each transitway location option has relative advantages and disadvantages when compared to other options. The table below summarizes how each option measures up on some important considerations.

Table displaying transitway options by criteria

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