BRT around the World

Brts across world

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BRT across the World

  • The concept of the BRTS took its birth in Curitiba in mid 1970s. It was developed by Jaime Lerner, former mayor and was called as a ‘surface metro’.
  • Bogota’s TransMilenio System was developed in the late 90s and has a network of 112 km. Developed under the leadership of Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor, and now a worldwide ambassador of sustainable urban transport.
  • Ever since, it has been constantly evolving and expanding across the globe. Today, BRT is considered to be a smart public transport system driven by features and technology, and often considered to be an alternative to metro rail due to its low cost, high capacity and quick implementation period.
  • The attributes of Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS) – high-quality, fast, comfortable, and low-cost – have made it an attractive mode across the world.
  • From 350 km in 1995, the length of BRT corridors has risen to nearly 4200 km in 2013 with close to 160 BRT systems of varying types
  • As of 2013, about 160 cities in the world have BRT systems of which 125 cities have operationalized BRT after 2001

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Here are some videos about BRT in different cities of the world. Many features in these systems are also present in Rainbow BRT: dedicated lanes, smart stations, passenger information, and boarding through wide doors with station platform and bus floor at the same level (level boarding).


Bogota BRT
The BRT in Bogotá in Colombia in South America is the most famous, most advanced BRT system of the world. The Bogota BRT is called TransMilenio. It carries13 lakh people every day (PMPML also carries about 12 lakh people per day). Colombia is a developing country like India. The video shows not just the features of the BRT, but also the control room, the system of feeder bus services which link to the Transmilenio, bike parking facilities at bus stations. A must watch to understand how advanced a BRT can be!

Chicago BRT, USA
Shows different features of BRT – dedicated lane, special stations, level boarding, traffic signalling to give priority to BRT – and how BRT is fast, easy and reliable, and the benefits of increased connectivity.


Cebu BRT, Philippines
An animation film which shows why BRT is needed in Cebu city, Philippines and the the proposed station arrangements. The operational target for this project is 2016.

Guangzhou BRT, China
The Guangzhou BRT system opened in February 2010. It now carries 800,000 passengers a day. It is the second largest BRT system in the world, currently. It connects riders to both the metro system and the city’s new bike-share network. Guangzhou, also known as Canton is located about 145 km north north-west of Hong Kong. Its population is over 100 lakhs, which makes it more than 3 times as big as Pune. One similarity between Guangzhou BRT and Rainbow BRT is that both have a hybrid system – buses operate in dedicated corridors as well as go off corridor into mixed traffic.

Swift Bus Rapid Transit, Washington, USA
Explains what is BRT, how it is similar to metro in service, and features like tickets at stations, frequency of buses, level boarding through wide doors, bicycle racks, smart cards. The video also shows how to use Swift BRT.