The Guangzhou, China, bus rapid transit (BRT) system is slated to open in February 2010. The Guangzhou BRT system is perhaps the most well-known and high profile urban project in Guangzhou’s history, and has outstanding demonstration potential for other Chinese cities. It is the first truly high capacity, ‘metro-replacement’ BRT system in Asia, with projected passenger flows second only to TransMilenio.
Worldwide, the Guangzhou BRT includes the following notable features:
- the first high capacity ‘flexible’ BRT system, in which BRT buses can enter and leave the BRT corridor
- the first BRT system to include direct physical connections between BRT stations and metro stations
- the world’s longest BRT stations, 60m longer than the biggest stations in TransMilenio
- the world’s largest passenger boardings at regular BRT stations, with more than 4,000 boarding passengers per hour at several stations (projection) in 2010.
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