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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

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The VREF invites PhD students and early stage researchers to apply for a VREF Study Visit Grant to support a study visit with up to SEK 30 000.

The invitation is open until October 31st, 2017.


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