LAN Brings Sun Metro Brio System to El Paso

By Debra Wood

Aiming to more efficiently move people from downtown El Paso, Texas, to the surrounding communities, the city created Sun Metro Brio, a new bus rapid transit system with help from Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) of Houston.

“Bus rapid transit is like a rubber tire version of light rail,” says Margaret Schroeder, PE, MASCE, Engineering Division Manager for the city of El Paso. “It’s usually about a fifth of the cost of light rail. The focus is on providing fast, efficient service.”

The infrastructure for bus rapid transit differs from traditional bus stops, added Chris Masters, PE, Vice President of LAN and the transit leader in the firm’s transportation business group, which designed the system. Bus rapid transit uses platforms, longer than the length of the bus and lanes for buses to pull into and out of the platform area. “The facility accommodates fast movement,” Masters says.

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