Webinar: Give Your Bus a BOOST!

Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

Houston METRO has undertaken an ambitious program to BOOST its busiest bus lines. Organized around the customer-oriented goals of "A Better Walk, a Better Stop, a Better Ride," BOOST encompasses a suite of infrastructure and operational improvements designed to make local buses faster, more accessible, and more reliable. Doing so not only enhances the transit experience for thousands of current riders, but also delivers operating cost savings that METRO can reinvest in more service, attracting additional ridership. In this webinar, we will discuss the planning process, design and implementation experience, and expected outcomes of the first three BOOST corridors (one completed pilot segment, two corridors in construction, one in design). Special focus will be placed on the internal and external coordination required to deliver an atypical capital project that involves numerous agencies and departments.While rail and BRT projects usually capture headlines, METRO’s commitment to BOOST in the METRONext transit plan will cost-effectively and equitably attract new riders in a shorter time and at a lower cost than most major investment projects. This low-hanging fruit approach can be applied by transit agencies and cities of all sizes, especially in the wake of nationwide ridership drops and the transit operator shortage.


APBP Project Spotlight:
Portable bike rack loan program update

Portable Bike Rack Application

Valley Metro, the Regional Public Transportation Authority, loans portable bike racks to event organizers in Maricopa County, Arizona. The program has been around for a few years. However, in October 2021 they revamped the form to make it more descriptive. They also added new photos and links to written and video instructions on how to set up and take down the racks. They often partner with local bike club Phoenix Spokes People to provide valet bike parking at concerts and large events.

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