The Guangzhou BRT opened in 2010 after ITDP with GMEDRI led the planning, design and implementation from the conceptual design in 2005 through detailed engineering design and construction. It is already breaking passenger records and revolutionizing perceptions of BRT in China. It has transformed the Zhongshan Avenue, with not just a fully separated BRT corridor, but also the addition of a new greenway and high quality plazas and public spaces installed as part of the project.
The system averages 850,000 passengers per day, and together with Transmilenio is the only BRT system worldwide to carry more than 25,000 passengers per hour in a single direction, which is higher than most metro and all light rail lines worldwide. The Guangzhou BRT has an average 350 buses per hour in a single direction past the peak demand point; more than triple the next highest-capacity system in Asia and the second-highest-capacity BRT in the world (behind Bogotá’s TransMilenio).
The Guangzhou BRT won the Sustainable Transport Award in 2011 and UNFCCC the “Light House” Activities Award in 2012 and many other national and international awards. The Guangzhou BRT is also the only “Gold Standard” BRT corridors in China.
Guangzhou Bike Sharing Program
ITDP China provided the main technical input to the Guangzhou Communication Com¬mission’s bike sharing system planning and implementation. The bike sharing system opened in June 2010, with stations located along the BRT corridor, nearby commercial areas and residential areas, to solve ‘the last mile’ issue of BRT station access. It has 113 stations with 5,000 bikes and around 20,000 people use the system every day. Of those, more than two-thirds were previously motorized trips.
ITDP-China also provides direct technical support to several Chinese cities on bike sharing policy, planning, implementation and operation, including Dongguan, Shenzhen, Jiangmen, Lanzhou, and Yichang, Tianjin and Jakarta. Site visits, publications, presentations, a website (publicbike.net) and other resources have influenced many other cities in China & worldwide.
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Sustainable Urban Development
As part of the development of the BRT system, ITDP worked with the city to plan, design and implement a multi-modal transit corridor which includes a new greenway, high-quality public spaces on both sides of the corridor, bicycle parking and bike sharing at stations, attractive station architecture, and world class performance. This package of features has resulted in land values increasing 30% higher along the BRT corridor compared to the Tianhe District average. Since 2011 ITDP has also co-hosted the annual Real Estate Summit with the Real Estate Guide and the China Mayors’ Forum.