Birmingham Rapid Transit buses provide quick access to The Magic City

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Birmingham’s Rapid Transit system will bring faster public transport to The Magic City. Photo via Birmingham City

A bus every 15 minutes? It might sound like a fantasy, but it will happen in Birmingham in less than a year. The City of Birmingham is partnering with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) to bring the Birmingham Rapid Transit system to life. Read on to find out more.

Faster buses for a better city

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Beep beep! BJCTA and the City of Birmingham are teaming up to provide faster bus routes to the city. Photo via Birmingham City

A big orange bus is about to speed up the trip to the magical city. Birmingham city is starting a new partnership with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) to build 11 express buses that will run quickly from Woodlawn to Five Points West.

Birmingham received a federal grant of $ 40 million to fund the project. The city is teaming up with the $ 40 million to create 11 high-tech buses, 32 bus shelters and two bus hubs.

Each bus will be equipped with USB charging stations and WiFi. Buses are also able to turn traffic lights green at major intersections, reducing overall passenger travel time.

Zoom on Birmingham

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Councilor Hoyt visited the Birmingham Rapid Transit bus today. Photo via Birmingham City

The new Birmingham Rapid Transit System will run throughout the city of Birmingham. It will start at a bus hub in Woodlawn and end at a hub in Five Points West. Along the way, it will make 32 stops and pass through areas like:

  • First Avenue North
  • 6th Avenue by UAB
  • Boulevard Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Avenue W near Five Points West

City Councilor Steven Hoyt chairs the Birmingham Transport Committee. He expects the rapid transit system to open ahead of the World Games in 2022.

More than anything, he wants to improve Birmingham’s public transport infrastructure with this project.

“The transit system as it is now has a reputation for not arriving on time. I think if people know that they can plan their day by getting on a bus to and from work, it would increase the number of riders on those buses. “

City Councilor Steven Hoyt

Looks like Birmingham’s bus system is about to clear up. I can’t wait to ride in style on the Rapid Transit system!

What do you think of Birmingham’s bus system? Identify @bhamnow and let us know.

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