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BRT+ and UITP have launched new report studies on Bus Rapid Transit

The new report "Transforming Cities with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems – How to integrate BRT?" was launched last week at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden and is a co-production between UITP, the International Association of Public Transport, the BRT+ Centre of Excellence, and VREF.

The Bus rapid Transit (BRT) systems emerged in Latin America as an innovation that could transform cities and the way people move. While they constitute a first step towards integrated public transport networks (IPTN) and could be a catalyst for urban development they should not be treated in isolation as a mere substitute for rail infrastructure where public funds are scarce. The report argues that BRT impacts and performance depend on local conditions. It draws on the global knowledge of the VREF CoE BRT+ and experiences from a number of BRT systems across the world.


Download the report here: "Transforming Cities with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems – How to integrate BRT?"PDF (pdf, 12.5 MB)

Released: May 2019

Later on the versions in Chinese, French and Spanish will be available at the same page.

- Ciudades en transformación con sistemas BRTPDF (pdf) (June 2019)


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