Based on fruitful results, the cooperation between the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence and the VREF is prolonged.

The Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (BRT-CoE), dedicated to Bus Rapid Transit Studies, was implemented by an international partnership led by Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, and originally financed for a five-year-period by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) since May 2010.

The main goal of this Centre of Excellence is to develop a new framework for planning, design, financing, implementation and operation of BRT in different urban areas, giving clear guidelines to decision makers on when and how BRT projects can effectively enhance mobility and meet accessibility needs.

After a six year-period of trustworthy collaboration with the VREF, the Centre delivered most interesting results that proved to be most useful. The successful operation has now led to a renewed cooperation funded by VREF.

The Centre now plans to build off during a new five-year-period its current work on Bus Rapid Transit, and to conduct a project called “BRT+ Center of Excellence” as part of the VREF Future Urban Transport Program. For its implementation, the Centre will continue leading the partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pretoria, the University of Sydney and the World Resources Institute as core partners.

Juan Carlos Muñoz is the Director of the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence. He is also Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development, and Associate Professor with the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

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