The BRT Planning Guide

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The Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide is the most comprehensive resource for planning a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, beginning with project preparation all the way through to implementation.

Beginning with an overview of BRT, the Planning Guide proceeds to give a step-by-step description of the planning process, including operational design, financial modeling, physical design, multi-modal and land use integration, business plan development, communications and marketing, contracting, vehicle and fare collection technology, evaluation, and implementation.

The BRT Planning Guide is intended as a guidance document mainly for planning and engineering professionals. However, others, such as non-governmental organizations, national and regional policymakers, and business groups, will find it a valuable resource as well, when advocating for their issues and finding solutions to the problems that they are addressing.

This online edition is the culmination of years of efforts to document and improve the state of the art in cost-effective public transport solutions for cities. It includes contributions from a wide range of professionals and practitioners with direct experience in designing and implementing BRT systems all over the world.

BRT systems have proven to be catalysts in transforming cities into more livable and human-friendly environments. The appeal of BRT is the ability to deliver a high-quality mass transit system within the budgets of most municipalities, even in low-income cities. Planning and implementing a good BRT system is not easy. This guide aims to make the task a little easier.

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The 2007 version of the guide is also available in:

Português
Español
Chinese
России

Additional Resources:
Sample Operator Contract and Infrastructure Cost Calculator

Getting to BRT: An Implementation Guide for U.S. Cities

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