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Across Latitudes and Cultures Bus Rapid transit (ALC-BRT), Santiago, Chile
A Centre of Excellence for BRT development
Elliot Sclar

“The primary goal is to support more successful BRT deployment by developing a new framework for bus rapid transit planning, design, financing, implementation and operation in diverse urban areas," says Juan Carlos Muñoz from the College of Engineering and the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The primary goal of ALC-BRT is to develop a new framework for the planning, design, financing, implementation and operation of bus rapid transit in different urban areas, offering clear guidelines to decision makers on when and how such projects can enhance mobility and meet accessibility needs.
An essential goal is to make the knowledge developed through the Center widely available to support more successful BRT deployment, and in particular to identify elements which are transferable between existing and prospective systems. The focus will be not only at the project level, but also on how such projects interact with other elements of the urban system so that the total urban mobility system is transformed.

Established in May of 2010, the ALC-BRT is a Centre dedicated to Bus Rapid Transit development. Implemented in Santiago, Chile, the centre works as a consortium of five institutions that include Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Technical University of Lisbon, The University of Sydney and EMBARQ — The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport, including its network of centers of sustainable transport.

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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The earlier call dated 131221, Financing Urban Access, Research Director, is now closed for application and the review process is ongoing. 

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