Useful websites to learn about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems

“Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services at metro-level capacities. It does this through the provision of dedicated lanes, with busways and iconic stations typically aligned to the center of the road, off-board fare collection, and fast and frequent operations.” [ITDP-The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy]

At present, there are 170+ BRT systems have been implemented all around the world. BRT contains features similar to a light rail or metro system, it is much more reliable, convenient and faster than regular bus services. The following websites are really useful for those who are planning and studying the BRT systems.

Global BRT Data (brtdata.org)

The BRTData gathers information on bus priority systems in cities around the world. The platform is a source of research for academics, journalists, students, and municipal technicians, as well as provides technical background for decision making regarding public transport. The data presented contemplate BRT systems (Bus Rapid Transit – median-aligned and segregated bus lanes, pre-board fare collection, and platform-level boarding) and bus priority systems: cities with dedicated bus lanes, but without some of the elements of a BRT. The website allows the user to know the systems and corridors of each city, compare indicators and generate graphs.

Far East Mobility (fareast.mobi)

Far East Mobility is a Hong Kong registered company (the Far East BRT Planning Co., Limited) set up in 2015 to further this mission. Members of Far East Mobility’s team of key experts including Karl Fjellstrom, Xiaomei Duan and Wenxuan Ma led the planning, design, and implementaton of Asia’s two ‘Gold Standard’ BRT systems in Guangzhou and Yichang. Regular Far East Mobility consultants Derek Trusler and Remi Jeanneret were also involved in the Guangzhou BRT planning, as documented here.

National BRT Institute (nbrti.org)

The Mission of the National BRT Institute is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and innovation for increasing speed, efficiency, and reliability of high-capacity bus service through the implementation of BRT systems in the United States.

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