June 06, 2011

Guangzhou BRT Saving Residents Time, City Money

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The Guangzhou BRT continues to make waves, with ongoing impact analysis by ITDP revealing that it is saving 805,000 average daily users nearly 7 minutes per trip, for a total annual passenger time saving of more than 30 million hours. As well as saving time, passengers are also saving money. A combination of monthly multiple trip discounts, flat fares for the BRT, and free transfers within BRT stations has resulted in average bus commuter passenger fares dropping by nearly half, from 4.9 yuan to 2.6 yuan. At the same time, the profitability of the system has dramatically improved due to operational savings from BRT speed increases and higher bus occupancy.

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