Bus Rapid Transit and Economic Development Case Study of the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon, BRT System

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 located along the route. Another is to improve overall metropolitan economic performance. In this article, the authors 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. Using a share analysis, the authors find that between 2004 and 2010, about 42 percent of all new jobs in the Eugene-Springfield urban area located within one-quarter mile of a BRT station. Using shift-share analysis, the authors find that BRT locations attracted about one-third of all new jobs. The analysis identifies those firms that are especially attracted to BRT locations, such as administrative and support, educational services, health care and social assistance, arts, entertainment and recreation, and accommodation. Planning and policy implications are offered.

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    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AP050 Bus Transit Systems
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  • Authors:
    • Nelson, Arthur C
    • Kannan, Shyam
    • Appleyard, Bruce
    • Miller, Matt
    • Meakins, Gail
    • Ewing, Reid
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  • Publication Date: 2012


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 91st Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01372947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 12-3625
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2012 5:18PM