Bus Rapid Transit
MASS MOBILITY FOR PROSPERING CITIES
As 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, fewer traffic accidents and positive socio-economic effects are just some of its benefits. BRT supports growth – and the population’s quality of life.
CLEANER AND SAFER CITIES
When cars are taken off the streets a city will see improved air quality, reduced noise and reduced number of accidents. Emissions per passenger drop by up to 90% compared with cars. Traffic accidents are reduced by up to 80%, which means improved quality of life for people in the city, along with immediate socio-economic benefits.
But the big win comes long-term. After the initial positive effects, a BRT system continues to facilitate city development. With more people on the move, local businesses will prosper, and new enterprises will appear along the corridor. This will result in rising property values, more job opportunities and a stronger local economy.
High-capacity Volvo BRT
Volvo has been at the heart of BRT development from the birth of the idea. We have therefore learned how to meet all the different demands, prerequisites and criteria from cities all over the world. We know that each city has different possibilities and requires a solution of its own, and we know what makes BRT a success for the city.
Dedicated bus lanes
BRT buses run in their own lanes. In extreme cases even double lanes, allowing for express lines on the same route; having a free route ahead makes it possible to operate reliably and punctually.
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 having a schedule obsolete – there’s always a bus coming.
Prepayment 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.
Developed BRT systems use platforms with exactly the same height as the bus floor. Boarding is faster for everyone and a lot easier for elderly and functionally disabled persons.
Online passenger information
With a traffic management system the passengers always know when the bus will arrive. The same real-time information is shared by passengers, drivers and traffic control.
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 be profitable without subsidies.
High-capacity Volvo BRT