Alternative financing for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): The case of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Author: Lindau L.A., Senna L.A., Strambi O. and Martins W.C. (2008)

Journal: Research in Transportation Economics, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2008, Pages 54-60

Keywords: BRT, Bus terminals, Financing, PPP, Public Transport

In the 1970s, Brazil was leading the implementation of high-flow bus priority schemes, but now cities are less capable of financing public infrastructures. This paper explores the private sector participation in the provision of transit infrastructure based on Public–Private Partnerships (PPP) for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The Porto Alegre BRT contemplates interchange terminals planned to accommodate retail and service activities. It is expected that these areas shall generate enough revenues to remunerate private investors, under a PPP scheme, for the construction of terminals and part of the infrastructure required to upgrade some sections of the existing busways to BRT standards.