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The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Standard – Version 1.0

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, February 20th, 2012



The BRT Standard is an effort by leading technical experts to come to a common understanding of what constitutes internationally recognized best practice in BRT system design. The best BRT systems are ones that combine efficiency and sustainability with passenger comfort and convenience. The BRT Standard uses design characteristics that act as proxies for enhanced performance and customer experience. This scoring method celebrates high-quality BRTs, but is not intended to denigrate lighter BRT improvements which may also yield important benefits to customers.

Many people remain unaware of the character- istics of the best BRT systems and their potential to provide a quality of customer service usually associated with metros and subways. This lack of awareness frequently results in demands for rail when BRT may be a comparable and cost-effective alternative. It can also result in inaccurately labeling minimal improvements to standard bus service as BRT.

The BRT Standard provides a framework for system designers, decision makers, and the sustainable transport community to implement and identify top-quality BRT systems. A corridor of a system can be certified as Gold Standard, Silver Standard, or Bronze Standard based on the scorecard. 2012 is a pilot year to test the scorecard and make modifications as needed.

Version 1.0 of the BRT Standard is the culmination of a review by the BRT Standard Committee undertaken during 2011. Only the BRT Standard Committee is currently authorized to confer the BRT Standard Gold, Silver, or Bronze certification on a BRT system.

Download full report (PDF): The BRT Standard Version 1.0

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