Bus Rapid Transit

Blog post
July 12, 2010, 9am PDT

Spanish football fans are celebrating in the streets, while in The Netherlands they are drowning their sorrows, but the real winners of the 2010 World Cup are the people of South Africa. Long after the last vuvuzela is sounded, residents and visitors will enjoy the legacy of new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems build in South Africa’s four major cities.

 

Todd Litman
July 6, 2010, 2pm PDT
This feature from <em>New York</em> magazine looks at the increasingly attractive option of introducing more bus rapid transit lines into New York City.
New York
July 1, 2010, 9am PDT
All summer long the newly installed BRT in Bangkok will offer free rides to passengers as the kinks are worked out of the system.
TheCityFix
June 8, 2010, 8am PDT
More changes are coming to Manhattan as auto-space yields to bus-space on First and Second Aves. Will transit users comply with the honor system as boarding will take place from all three doors? The lanes will be 'terra-cotta brown' without barrier.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
June 4, 2010, 7am PDT
This post from <em>The City Fix</em> looks at some of the new public transit systems that have been built in South Africa ahead of this year's World Cup.
The City Fix
May 20, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist David Lazarus offers broad suggestions for fixing public transit in L.A.
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2010, 12pm PDT
With a plan to distribute $775 million in federal funding for urban bus projects, <em>Next American City</em>'s Yonah Freemark suggests using it to fund projects like Cleveland's Healthline BRT.
Next American City
April 23, 2010, 6am PDT
This piece from <em>Places</em> takes a look at a new bus rapid transit system that is growing in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.
Places
April 16, 2010, 7am PDT
Last Thursday, Las Vegas broke ground on the ACE Green Line, a new BRT corridor that will connect downtown Las Vegas and Henderson.
TheCityFix.com
April 15, 2010, 9am PDT
Funding seems locked for a planned streetcar line in Detroit, but some locals argue that what the metro region really needs is a wider-reaching bus rapid transit system. <em>The Transport Politic</em> profiles the proposals.
the transport politic
April 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
A half-cent sales tax increase to fund transit passed handily yesterday in St. Louis County, Missouri.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 2, 2010, 1pm PST
NY's Dept. of Transportation has released pictures of a planned separated bus route on 34th St., which would be a first for the city.
Streetsblog
February 22, 2010, 11am PST
The major cities in South Africa are busy building new bus rapid transit systems to improve the way their residents get around. But in Johannesburg, the new system is having a rocky start.
The New York Times
February 10, 2010, 1pm PST
The CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority details the feast or famine of transportation planning in Southern California in 2010: budgets are being slashed while a new sales tax and federal stimulus go online.
The Planning Report
February 10, 2010, 10am PST
Officials in Lagos, Nigeria, are calling for the city's successful bus rapid transit system to be expanded to other cities throughout the country.
Daily Champion
Blog post
February 7, 2010, 1pm PST

 

When faced with the costs and logistics of rail, planners and city officials increasingly seem to favor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a trend likely to continue through the current recession.  But even with the many persuasive arguments for BRT, the nagging question remains:  why not rail?

Diana DeRubertis
December 22, 2009, 10am PST
This article looks at the influence of the bus rapid transit system of Curitiba, Brazil, and how it is becoming a major aspect of urban design in other Latin American cities.
Brazzil Magazine
November 20, 2009, 8am PST
<em>Atlantic</em> correspondent Cristine Russell takes a look at Mexico City's quickly-implemented bus rapid transit system.
The Atlantic Monthly
Blog post
October 26, 2009, 5am PDT

To celebrate an important victory a winning team sometimes parades around the arena with their coach on their shoulders as the fans cheer in adulation. Planners sometimes deserve similar treatment! For example, regardless of who wins the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa June and July 2010, the real victor will be residents of the four cities where matches will be held, who gain an efficient new public transportation system as a long-term legacy. Everybody wins!

Todd Litman
October 23, 2009, 7am PDT
This post from <em>The City Fix</em> discusses the new bus rapid transit system that just opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, and why the system was sorely needed.
The City Fix