Bus rapid transit and economic development: Case study of the Eugene-Springfield BRT system

Arthur C. Nelson, Bruce Appleyard, Shyam Kannan, Reid Ewing, Matt Miller, Dejan Eskic

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Abstract

Bus rapid transit (BRT) in the United States is relatively recent. BRT has many promises, one of which is enhancing the economic development prospects of firms locating along the route. Another is to improve overall metropolitan economic performance. In this article, we evaluate this issue with respect to one of the nation's newest BRT systems that operates in a metropolitan area without rail transit: Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. While the metropolitan area lost jobs between 2004 and 2010, jobs grew within 0.25 miles of BRT stations. Using shift-share analysis, we find that BRT stations are attractive to jobs in several economic sectors. Planning and policy implications are offered along with an outline for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-57
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Transportation
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies

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