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.
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.
- 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 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.