Bus Rapid Transit and the American Community

National Design Competition

Harriman assisted the Federal Transit Authority and an industry consulting group, WestStart-CalStart, in structuring planning initiatives for new bus rapid transit systems throughout the United States.  The program included consideration of new technologies, bus designs and approaches to helping communities reinvent the bus to meet their contemporary needs.  A core part of the project was the organization and support of a national design competition, developed to bring together communities, professionals and designers in unprecedented forums that resulted in innovative ideas for bus rapid transit.  Concepts from the winning vehicle bus designs have been integrated into several bus systems throughout the country.