Bus Rapid Transit supplement
In our latest free-to-view Bus Rapid Transit supplement, Gavin Booth from Bus Users Scotland takes a look at what passengers expect from BRT networks, Arno Kerkhof from the UITP explores the success of Brazilian BRT systems, and Industry Consultant Doug Jack highlights why he thinks BRT is the flexible option for cities…
- Bus Rapid Transit ticks all the right boxes for bus passengers
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ticks all the right boxes for bus passengers. They get faster journeys that avoid many of the congestion hotspots, more predictable journey times, usually newer buses, and, typically, better bus stop information and infrastructure. And the levels of benefit increase in line with the level of BRT that is offered. But that is largely down to cost and how much the funders, local authorities in the main, sometimes with government support, can afford to spend, writes Gavin Booth – Director of Bus Users Scotland.
- Brazilian Bus Rapid Transit networks lead the way
Fortunately the theme of urban mobility has gained increasing prominence in discussions at all levels. For the International Association of Public Transport, UITP, knowledge management and studies related to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems has always been addressed as the main item of a positive agenda. UITP support for BRT schemes is justified because it is a mass transport alternative suitable to cities of all sizes, notably for its low-cost and shorter implementation time compared to other modes. For Intelligent Transport, Arno Kerkhof – Head of the UITP Bus Division – provides an overview of BRT developments in Brazil with Rio as a particular focus.
- Bus Rapid Transit: the flexible option
All expert opinion predicts that an ever greater percentage of the world’s population will be living in urban areas within the next 18-20 years. In China alone, around 10 million people per annum move from the countryside to rapidly-expanding cities, in search of employment. This rapid growth in urban population places heavy demands on public transport, and that pressure is bound to increase, writes Doug Jack, Industry Consultant. Rail systems, both overground and underground, are very expensive to build, but their attraction to passengers is the speed of journey times, compared with using congested roads. A lower cost alternative to rival rail networks, but still capable of moving large numbers of people, is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems.
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Infrastructure & Urban Planning
Issue 4 2014
Bus & Coach