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Bus Rapid Transit: Early Actions to Position for Implementation - Mass Transit

Developing strategies that eliminate common project hurdles, such as managing unexpected costs at the end of the project and delivering funding to cover the entire project scope, can help successfully implement a BRT system.


Introduced nearly 20 years ago in the United States, bus rapid transit (BRT) is the fastest growing mode of public transportation in North America, with more than 100 systems operating in cities of all sizes. These systems are successful because they are scalable, improve the passenger experience, promote equity and facilitate economic development. Interest in implementing BRT systems is rapidly growing throughout North America as transit agencies work to provide their passengers with high quality transit that incorporates such components as off-vehicle fare payment, level boarding and unique vehicles and stations. Soon, future vehicles will be electric with cutting-edge automated technology, proving BRT’s staying power is strong.

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