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The CoE Bus Rapid transit + (BRT+), Santiago, Chile

A Centre of Excellence for BRT development
Elliot Sclar

Head of the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, his research areas are public transport, logistics, transport networks and traffic flow theory. Juan Carlos Muñoz leads the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence funded by the VREF and co-directs the multidisciplinary Centre of Sustainable Urban Development (www.cedeus.cl). He has been advisor of the Chilean Ministry of Transport, and member of the Board in Metro of Santiago and Metro of Valparaiso. He also works on designing flexible work shifts for transit drivers and retail workers through Shift-UC (www.shift.uc.cl). He has published academic papers in the most prestigious journals in the field and is a member of several international editorial boards.

Established in 2010, the centre is led by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) with Professor Juan Carlos Munoz as Project Leader. Other core partners are: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Technical University of Lisbon, the University of Sydney, and EMBARQ – The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, including its network of centres of sustainable transport.

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

These guidelines will provide a major contribution to changing the way decision makers address investment and design plans for configuring urban mobility systems. An essential goal of CoE ALC-BRT is to identify elements that are transferable between existing and prospective BRT systems and elements that are project site specific.

The CoE has published key findings from the work so far in the book “Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit” (Policy Press 2016).

Host organisation:
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)
Link to the Centre's Website

Publications:
Road transport and climate change: stepping off the greenhouse gas
Research theme: Green & Safe Transports
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

A topological route choice model
Research theme: Urban Traffic Management
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Assessing the cost of transfer inconvenience in public transport systems: A case study of the London Underground
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Reliability improvement in short headway transit services - schedule- and headway based holding strategies
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Service reliability measurement using automated fare card data - application to the London Underground
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Comparing operator and users costs of light rail, heavy rail and bus rapid transit over a radial public transport network
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Optimization of public transportation systems
Research theme: Transport Planning & Governance Systems
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Critical issues in the design of contractual relations for transport infrastructure development
Research theme: Transport Planning & Governance Systems
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Competing for level of service in the provision of mobility services: concepts, processes and measures
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Curitiba, the cradle of bus rapid transit
Research theme: Urban Traffic Management
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Design of limited‐stop services for an urban bus corridor with capacity constraints
Research theme: Urban Traffic Management
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Choosing the Right Express Services for a Bus Corridor with Capacity Restrictions
Research theme: Urban Traffic Management
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

BRT in Latin America – high capacity and performance, rapid implementation, low cost
Research theme: Urban Traffic Management
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Contracting regimes for bus services: what have we learnt after 20 years?
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Passenger experience with quality‐enhanced bus service: the Tyne and Wear ‘Superoute’ services
Research theme: Public Transport Development
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

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