Bus Rapid Transit supplement 2013

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Improving connections: the Leigh–Salford– Manchester busway
Supporting the industry: the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence
Current deployment of worldwide BRT systems

  • Improving connections: the Leigh–Salford– Manchester busway
    Author: Peter Boulton, Head of Programme Management Services, Transport for Greater Manchester
    Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is currently making one of the largest investments in Greater Manchester’s bus network for decades – with over 25 miles of the network being either created or improved. As part of this, construction has now started on the region’s first guided busway. Balfour Beatty has recently begun work to clear the route for a 4.5 mile (7km) dual-tracked guided busway to run between Leigh and Ellenbrook, in the west of the conurbation…
  • Supporting the industry: the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence
    Author: Juan Carlos Muñoz, Director, the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence
    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the eight Centres of Excellence (CoE) funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) around the globe. The BRT CoE was established in May 2010 and is working as a consortium of five institutions led by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and also including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Technical University of Lisbon, the University of Sydney and EMBARQ – the WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport, including its network of centers of sustainable transport. The main goal of this CoE is to develop a new framework for planning, designing, financing, implementing and the operation of BRT systems in different urban areas, giving clear guidelines to decision-makers on when and how BRT projects can effectively enhance mobility and meet accessibility needs. These guidelines are becoming an important milestone changing the way decision-makers address investment and design plans for configuring urban mobility systems. An essential goal of the BRT CoE is to identify elements which are transferable between existing and prospective BRT systems and elements that are project site specific…
  • Current deployment of worldwide BRT systems
    Author: Arno Kerkhof, Head of the UITP Bus Division / Thierry Wagenknecht Chairman of the UITP Bus Committee
    The UITP Bus Committee was created in 1960 as the international committee for the study of buses and has been acquiring and sharing day-to-day operational and technical experiences from the field of city bus operations and maintenance ever since. The Bus Committee is part of the UITP, and from 2000 to 2010, the Association’s global reach and influence has grown due to the creation of a number of Regional Divisions around the world, with now over 3,400 members in more than 90 countries. With this regionalisation, many worldwide Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) experiences and best practices have been formed due to information exchanged via the Bus Committee as well as through successive International Bus Conferences (Brisbane 2004, Bogota 2007, Lyon 2010, and Istanbul 2012). This article takes a look at the current deployment of worldwide BRT systems…

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