Bus Rapid Transit (BRT+ CoE) is a Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit Studies 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), University of Pretoria (UP), The University of Sydney (USyd) and World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities – WRI, 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 BRT+ CoE is to identify elements which are transferable between existing and prospective BRT systems and elements that are project site specific.