Volvo BRT – solve tomorrow’s mass transit challenges today

With BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system you get public transport that meets the increasing demands on capacity, environmental sustainability, quality and safety. It's also one of the most effective ways of cutting carbon dioxide emissions. BRT is a complete system which, in addition to articulated buses or bi-articulated buses offering high passenger capacity, also encompasses separate bus lanes, traffic control and passenger information. Compared with a subway or light railway system, for example, BRT is superior in terms of both lower investment costs and shorter implementation time.

BRT offers many advantages. For travellers it is a faster alternative than the car thanks to separate bus lanes and priority at crossings. What's more, the system is very efficient with pre-purchased tickets and real-time timetable information at bus stops. The operator has full control over fuel consumption, driver times and service intervals.

Since an articulated or bi-articulated Volvo BRT bus replaces more than 100 cars but only takes up 5% of their space, it frees up more space for parks, schools, museums and anything else a city may want to invest in. The low cost of BRT also means there is more money left over for these investments.

All BRT systems the world over are subsidy-free - in principle they generate a profit from day one. Today there are about 50 cities with various degrees of BRT implementation, and about 100 cities are planning for BRT. It was back in 1975 that Volvo Buses helped develop the world's first BRT system in Curitiba, Brazil. Today, Volvo BRT systems are operating in cities such as Bogotá (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Göteborg (Sweden) and Santiago (Chile). On average it takes 12 to 18 months to bring a BRT system on-line. With Volvo, you can rely on the products and knowhow to support you through the various phases, concept, implementation and follow-up.