A Worldwide State-of-the-Art Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit: Looking for the Success Formula

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Journal Article

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mode - bus rapid transit, mode - bus, mode - mass transit, mode - rail, place - urban


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), effective urban passenger solution, conventional mass-transit


This paper’s intended contribution, in terms of providing an additional angle in the existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) state-of-the-art knowledge spectrum, is a dual one. On the one hand, it provides a detailed description of the mode, re-defining BRT as an overall concept by identifying, discussing, and categorizing in a systematic way its strengths and its weaknesses in comparison with rail-based solutions and conventional bus services. On the other hand, it presents in detail a number of selected scheme-oriented applications from around the world, looking into some of the basic ingredients behind BRT’s success (or failure) stories. This is a scientific effort that could inform the reader about the current status of BRT internationally and about the challenges and opportunities that exist when trying to materialize BRT’s potential as an effective urban passenger solution that could challenge the merits of more conventional mass-transit options.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by National Center for Transit Research, University of South Florida, copyright remains with them.