Work in Progress:
The Centre will be developing two types of Case studies: analyzing a BRT experience from several different perspectives, and analyzing a specific BRT attribute and compare it across several different corridors.
As a first approach to these Case studies, EMBARQ has finished a broad analysis of the current status of the BRT industry around the world. The survey indicates that there are about 120 cities with BRT or bus corridors, with 97 of the cities launching their bus systems in just the last 10 years. The existing BRT and bus corridors comprise about 280 corridors, 4,300 kilometers, 6,700 stations and 30,000 buses, serving about 28 million passengers per day.
In 2010, 16 cities completed new systems—including 14 in the developing world—and seven cities expanded their current systems. As of January 2011, about 49 new cities are building systems, 16 cities are expanding their corridors, and 31 cities are in the initial planning stages. This impressive growth may be attributed in part to the successes of Curitiba, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; México City, Mexico; Istanbul, Turkey; Ahmedabad, India; and Guangzhou, China. These cities show low-cost, rapid implementation and high performance BRTs, with significant positive externalities.
Interesting trends are emerging, such as the implementation of citywide integrated bus systems, improved processes for private participation in operations, increased funding from national governments, and the growth of bus manufacturers and technology providers from Brazil, India, Indonesia and China. Despite this growth, there are some outstanding issues: "BRT" does not have a single definition and image, and it is often regarded as “second best”, compared to rail alternatives. In addition, several systems in the developing world suffer problems resulting from poor planning, implementation and operation because of financial, institutional and regulatory constraints. The BRT industry is also in its infancy and there is a need for greater consolidation and a concerted effort across cities and countries.
Cities with Operational BRT:
|City||Cities with corridors||Total corridors||Total corridor kms.|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||32||90||1330|
|USA and Canada||20||57||993|
Cities with BRT in Planning or Construction:
|Region||Cities with corridors|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||32|
|USA and Canada||12|
Cities with BRT/Bus Corridors