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New guide to designing transit-friendly urban streets

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The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has published a new guide that provides municipalities of all sizes with a blueprint for transit-oriented streets.

It’s called the Transit Street Design GuideAccording to the announcement from NACTO, it offers a comprehensive approach to introducing safe, transit-first designs in the North American context. 

The guide addresses the benefits of dedicated lanes, such as those used for bus rapid transit, versus transit corridors along trafficked roads. Designs for boarding islands and intersections, along with “turn management,” are among the granular subjects discussed in detail.

The 260-page guide, available for purchase here, was written with input from NACTO’s 45 member cities. Eighteen transit agencies, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), also provided assistance.

National Association of City Transportation Officials

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