The downtown Portland transit mall is sort of like BRT. It has dedicated right of way solely for use by the buses and light rail. Outside of the transit mall we have several other places leading into town where the buses break off from traffic and are in bus only lanes. These lanes work exceptionally well in most places.
Powell Street – Powell Street leading to the Powell and Milwaukee, and from Powell and Milwaukee to about 800ft. before the Ross Island Bridge both have areas of bus only right of way. The lanes are however not separated by any physical device, and often there are wandering cars or trucks that roll into the lane causing delays and such.
Hawthorne/Madison – Leading up to the Hawthorne Bridge there is a lane for almost the length of Madison that has a bus only lane for certain hours of the day. I believe it ends at 9:00am, but it also works very effectively against congestion.
I ponder where else there might be places for BRT style break outs like this. Are there any other routes in the area that could directly benefit from dedicated lanes, or possibly even separated dedicated BRT style right of ways?