About Us

Across Latitudes and Cultures - Bus Rapid Transit (ALC-BRT) is a Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit development implemented in Santiago, Chile, and financed by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). This CoE was established in May of 2010 and is working 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. 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. These guidelines will be a major milestone to change the way decision makers address investment and design plans for configuring urban mobility systems. An essential goal of the ALC-BRT CoE is to identify elements which are transferable between existing and prospective BRT systems and elements that are project site specific.

Latest Publications

Gómez-Lobo, A. and Briones, J. (2014)

Incentives in Bus Concession Contracts: A Review of Several Experiences in Latin America

Transport Reviews 34, 246 – 265

Zeng, H., Hidalgo, D. and Mani, A. (2014)

Assessment of Adoption of Sustainable Urban Passenger Transport Measures

Transportation Research Board 93nd Annual Meeting. Washington DC, USA, 12-16 January, 2014.

Filipe, L. and Macário, R. (2013)

A first glimpse on policy packaging for implementation of BRT projects

Research in Transportation Economics 39, 150 - 157.