Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is revolutionizing transportation around the world, by offering dramatically better transit service at a fraction of the cost of traditional fixed rail projects.

Fast, Frequent And Reliable

State-of-the art vehicles operate at a high speed and frequency in dedicated lanes. By limiting interaction with general traffic, BRT riders can avoid slowdowns and congestion, even at peak travel times.

Comfortable and Convenient

BRT is a “passenger-first” transit experience. Well-designed, enclosed stations feature modern amenities for rider comfort, convenience and safety, and allow riders to seamlessly connect to other modes of transportation.

Flexible and Affordable

With no need for an expensive fixed guideway, BRT gives communities a cost-effective transit option for today, and the flexibility to embrace emerging transportation solutions in the future.

The BRT Basics

There are five essential elements that define BRT and differentiate it from standard bus service.

DEDICATED RIGHT-OF-WAY

A dedicated lane for BRT vehicles is physically or visually separated from general traffic.

WHY?

To ensure BRT vehicles can move at high speeds and free from congestion.

BUSWAY ALIGNMENT

Dedicated BRT lanes are placed where conflicts with turning or exiting cars can be minimized.

WHY?

To prevent delays caused by cars crossing or entering the dedicated BRT lanes.

OFF-BOARD FARE COLLECTION

Passengers pre-pay for their trip at a kiosk or pass through a turnstile to have their fare deducted.

WHY?

To make it faster and more convenient for passengers to enter and exit the BRT vehicle.

INTERSECTION TREATMENTS

Turns across the BRT lanes are prohibited, and BRT vehicles are given traffic-signal priority.

WHY?

To reduce wait times at intersections.

PLATFORM-LEVEL BOARDING

The station platform is at the same level as the BRT vehicle floor.

WHY?

To improve passenger access, safety and comfort, particularly for those with strollers, wheelchairs or limited mobility.

The BRT Standard

The BRT Standard establishes a common definition of bus rapid transit and recognizes high-quality BRT corridors around the world. Corridors are ranked as Basic, Bronze, Silver or Gold. A Gold Standard BRT meets international best practices and delivers the highest level of operational performance, efficiency and service.