What is BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an innovative, high-capacity, public transit solution that can achieve the performance and benefits of more expensive rail modes.
This integrated system uses environmentally friendly, uniquely branded vehicles on dedicated lanes or roadways with transit priority measures to comfortably and efficiently transport passengers to their destinations, quicker and more reliably than regular bus services.
BRT involves a combination of measures intended to give buses priority over other vehicles in terms of travel time, through-traffic signal priority and/or design features of the roadway including, in some cases, provision of separate busways. BRT also involves enhanced passenger facilities, information, and other amenities.
BRT system elements can easily be customized to meet community needs using state-of-the-art, low-cost technologies that improve the speed, reliability and image of bus transit, attract more passengers, and help to reduce overall traffic congestion.
The advantage of BRT is its flexibility, low initial capital investment, and potential for phased expansion as it is often the initial stage in implementing higher order transit initiatives in the long-term.