Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is a popular transit option in many cities around the US and world. It combines the speed and capacity of passenger rail with the lower cost and simplicity of a bus system. BRT provides fast, frequent transit service to provide a comfortable riding experience on a predictable schedule.

BRT Update

While the Charlotte region does not currently have any BRT services, it is under consideration as an option in the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan.

BRT Facts

  • More than 27 million passengers in 166 cities use BRT daily.
  • The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974.
  • A true BRT system will have most of the following elements:
    • Alignment in the center of the road (to avoid typical curb-side delays)
    • Stations with off-board fare collection (to reduce boarding and alighting delay related to paying the driver)
    • Station platforms level with the bus floor (to reduce boarding and alighting delay caused by steps)
    • Bus priority at intersections (to avoid intersection signal delay)


BRT in Bogota, Colombia

BRT Resources

  • BRT Streetfilm: To learn how BRT moves 1.3 million people daily in Bogota, Columbia, watch this short film.
  • Maryland Department of Transportation has a comprehensive list of BRT benefits.
  • The Ontario Transitway is an example of an integrated BRT system using available rights-of-way and operating in a combination of dedicated and mixed traffic environment.
  • A World Resources Institute report examines the social, environmental, and economic benefits of BRT using four iconic world cities as examples. Download the report.
  • New analysis of four iconic cities shows that commuters can save millions of hours of travel time by shifting to bus rapid transit (BRT) systems – See more here.