Welcome to the www.go-enhanceRTS.com website where you will find information to keep you informed of the latest progress on the study of viable alternatives for the City of Gainesville's Regional Transit System (RTS).


NEW! March 20, 2014 City Commission Presentation


NEW! March 18, 2014 Summary of Public Comments from February 26, 2014 Workshop #3


Please share your comments on the recommended enhanced transit route and improvements by completing the on-line comment sheet [click here] .  The comment sheet will be available until Saturday, April 19, 2014.


What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an integrated, high performance transit system with a unique identity, designed to reduce travel time, improve reliability, and increase the level of comfort for passengers. BRT will offer a better transit experience by providing faster travel speeds, more frequent service and enhanced transit stations/stops.


The following link directs you to a PowerPoint presentation on “What is Bus Rapid Transit” produced by the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute. The presentation provides a general overview of the BRT service concept and the various potential features associated with this type of transit service. The presentation is for informational purposes only”.


The following links direct you to videos prepared for two bus rapid transit systems that have been implemented in the U.S. to date:
1) the Swift service in Snohomish County (Everett), Washington (Community Transit) and 2) the MAX service, in Kansas City (Kansas City Area Transportation Authority).  They are intended to provide you with insights on the potential features of BRT service, and how patrons can use such a service to increase their mobility. The videos are for informational purposes only.

  • BRT is a rapid mode of transportation that can provide the quality of rail transit and the flexibility of buses.
  • BRT is a flexible, permanently integrated high-performance system with a quality image and a strong identity.
  • Key attributes
    • Speed
    • Reliability
    • Identify and image
    • Passenger-friendly design
  • Elements of a BRT System
    • BRT is tailored to each unique corridor
    • BRT can be implemented incrementally
  • BRT Components
    • Vehicles - Environmental friendly, quiet and accessible rail-like vehicle styles.
    • Running Ways - Operate on a variety of physical environments (on street in mixed traffic, bus lanes and busway).
    • Intersection Priority Treatments – Treatments to facilitate operations through intersections, such as transit signal priority, queue jumps and curb extensions.
    • Stations/Terminals - Design integrated to the surroundings with unique identity, enhanced passenger amenities, safe/secure and protected from weather.
    • Fare Collection Systems - Multiple boarding and payment systems.
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems - Automated vehicle location showing real-time passenger information on vehicles and at stations, and vehicle guidance and control.
    • Service Plan - Provide all-day, frequent service (every 10 minutes or better), simple route structure, and flexibility to maximize directness and minimize transfers.
    • Transit-Oriented Development – Premium service and facilities can attract new
      development/redevelopment opportunities.

Study Partners

The City of Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) is the lead agency for the GO-Enhance RTS Study effort; however, there are numerous participating agencies and interested partners that will be involved in some manner, including the following:

  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
  • North Florida Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO)
  • Alachua County
  • City of Gainesville
  • University of Florida (UF)
  • Santa Fe College
  • Community Businesses and Organizations
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Other Major Stakeholders