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Q Line: Fresno's First BRT Opens

As Passenger Transport went to press, Fresno Area Express (FAX), Fresno, CA, was preparing for the Feb. 22 formal opening of its first BRT service, the 15.7-mile Q route, which entered service Feb. 19.

“The city of Fresno is proud to launch our new ‘Q’ bus rapid transit,” said Jim Schaad, director. “I am confident that our riders will be pleased with the new service. This effort is only the beginning of many efforts in the works to improve FAX service for our valuable transit customers.”

The route serves 52 stations, located at half-mile intervals, including two multimodal transit centers where riders can transfer from Q to FAX fixed routes. It serves destinations including shopping areas and hospitals, running every 10 minutes with bus signal priority along the line.

Q operates with 17 40-foot CNG-­powered buses from Gillig. Passengers must purchase fares before boarding at ticket vending machines at each station; the BRT vehicles do not have fareboxes. Federal grants totaling $56.2 million covered the cost of shelters, traffic signal modifications, ticket machines and buses.

One of Fresno’s branded “Q” vehicles.

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