When cities grow, mobility becomes a necessity and efficient public transport is a key to long-term prosperity. In many cases, BRT, a Bus Rapid Transit system, is the ultimate solution. Shorter travel time, reduced congestion and positive socio-economic effects are just some of the benefits. BRT supports growth – and the population’s quality of life.

Cutting travel time

When a BRT solution is in place things start to happen instantly. Travel time is reduced – up to 50% – and average speed increases for all kinds of traffic along the corridor. That’s because BRT
reduces congestion. A significant proportion of commuters will choose BRT instead of their private car.

Affordable and expandable

BRT can give high capacity at a fraction of the cost compared to a rail-bound system. It is also fully possible to start with one line, even as an extension of an existing route, in order to generate experience. And it can be done fast – construction time is a lot shorter than for a tram or metro.

Cleaner and safer cities

When cars are taken off the streets the city will get improved air quality, reduced noise and reduced number of accidents. Emissions per passenger drop and each traffic accident that doesn’t occur is an immediate human and socio-economic benefit. But there’s a lot more to it – the big win comes longterm.

A developed society is not where the poor drive cars, but where the rich go by public transport.

Enrique Peñalosa

Mayor of Bogotá

Bus Rapid Transit

WHAT IS BUS RAPID TRANSIT?

Dedicated bus lanes

Dedicated bus lanes

BRT buses run in their own lanes. In extreme cases even double lanes, allowing for express lines on the same route. And having a free way ahead makes it possible to operate reliably and punctually.

High-capacity buses

High-capacity buses

The biggest Volvo BRT buses can carry close to 300 passengers, comparable to a Boeing 767 jetliner. And on the busiest routes, the frequent departures make the schedule obsolete – there's always a bus coming.

Pre-paid tickets

Pre-paid tickets

Pre-payment is a key to efficiency. When the wide doors open up, passengers exit and board swiftly and the average bus stop lasts less than 15 seconds.

Level boarding

Level boarding

Developed BRT systems use platforms with exactly the same height as the bus floor. Boarding is faster for all and a lot easier for elderly and functionally disabled persons.

Online passenger information

Online passenger information

With a traffic management system the passengers will always know when the bus will arrive. The same real-time information is shared by passengers, drivers and traffic control.

A strong brand

A strong brand

Experience shows that BRT systems are popular. In many cities they become strong brands. The high occupancy rate also leads to good business. BRT can very well be profitable without subsidies.

BRT – A response to the Urban Challenge

BRT – A response to the Urban Challenge

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INVESTMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

Introducing BRT is faster than any comparable alternative, costs a lot less and can be expanded and adjusted gradually. Tram and metro systems create a severe impact for many years during construction and become a rigid part of the infrastructure.

Bus Rapid Transit

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Metro

SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Less pollution

Less pollution

BRT contributes to better public health. The emissions, counted per passenger, are only a fraction compared to going by car. With fewer cars in the streets air quality will be tangibly improved.

Better employment rate

Better employment rate

The presence of efficient mobility attracts all kinds of businesses, and with more companies come more job opportunities. New employees can be found in a wider area when public transport works well.

Increased Real-estate prices

Increased Real-estate prices

Accessibility is a key factor for property development. Areas that can be easily reached become more attractive and real estate values will rise.

Fewer Accidents

Fewer Accidents

With fewer cars and reduced congestion the number of road accidents will drop. In addition to the direct benefit of fewer injuries and less suffering there will be a lasting effect on society’s costs for medical care and treatment.

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