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6 TACTICAL TRANSIT Cities all over North America are using the Quick-Build methodology, based on Tactical Urbanism, to expand transit options, improve existing service, and increase ridership. Tactical Transit projects, operational and physical Quick-Build projects that uniquely focus on transit, have evolved as a way for municipal governments to improve the way they respond to rider needs and increased demand for service. Not only are municipal agencies and other entities recognizing the benefits of the iterative methodology, but they are also prioritizing it as a legitimate form of project delivery as line items in their budgets, as teams composed of internal leadership, and as separate and streamlined permitting processes. More and more we observe the phasing out of the âpop-upâ and the introduction of less-stringent regulations that allow for flexibility in testing projects to arrive at more informed and cost-efficient long-term projects. A project can be considered a Tactical Transit project if it: â¢ Is implemented on a much faster timeline than typical capital projects (within 1-2 years); â¢ Uses impermanent or low-cost materials; â¢ Is done with a much smaller budget than a typical capital project (usually less than $100,000); â¢ Seeks to iterate upon the design of infrastructure; â¢ Is short in duration, but part of a larger or longer-term effort; â¢ Is used to accelerate implementation of transportation infrastructure; or â¢ All of the above. Perhaps the most salient quality of the Quick-Build methodology is that it is intended as a learning experience. Regardless of what makes it âquick,â a project that adheres to at least one of the above criteria is sure to break down silos, encourage innovation, deliver public benefits, and bridge the gap between governmental entities and citizens. At a time of increased competition for funding public transit, Tactical Transit projects are not only accelerating the delivery of transit projects, but also helping create a paradigm shift toward safer, more efficient design and use of our streets. âLetâs not hire a consultant to tell us what we already know, letâs just do this.â Senior Planner, Metro Transit