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Metropolitan areas and business centres need fast and efficient collective transport to meet auto-mobility needs. BRT can transport passengers at the same speed per hour as an express tram or light rail system. The only differences are that a BRT project can be completed much faster, that it’s a much less expensive project and that it can put into operation with much greater flexibility.


BRT is a modular and flexible concept that can be custom-designed for each city. Municipalities need only set up several major routes for subsequent feeder lines (for standard buses) as well “park-and-ride” systems for commuters. Lanes and routes can be adapted and extended relatively easily to, for example, residential areas and SME districts. Furthermore, articulated and bi-articulated buses are much more flexible than a vehicle on rails. Just like any other bus, BRT vehicles are perfectly capable of leaving their own lane to rejoin traffic.   


The major benefits of the BRT system:

  • Completion in one-and-a-half years
  • Much more economical and flexible than the underground
  • Standard buses also operate during off-peak periods
  • Infrastructure works are 20 times less expensive than for a metro [underground] line and 1/5 than for an express tram or light rail system.
  • Low operating costs
  • No government subsidies

Find more best practices in Doubling the use of collective passenger transport by bus and coach – practical solutions     


Find more about the Bus Rapid Transit concept  Bus_rapid_transit_EN.pdf (200.8 KB,  Bus rapid transit_FR.PDF (724.7 KB),  Bus rapid transit_NL.PDF (795.4 KB) (non-official translations)


Please send your examples of business innovations and best policy initiatives to the IRU Secretariat (remi.lebeda@iru.org) which will be considered for the second edition of the study to be published in the second semester of 2010.


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