The Rapid Transit Database (RTDB) is a collection of all rapid transit corridors worldwide that relies on data collected from government sources and publically available news sources. The RTDB was developed by ITDP and is updated annually.
Total kilometers of rapid transit (BRT and/or LRT and/or Metro).
Rapid Transit to Resident
The ratio of the length (km) of rapid transit to the urban population
The total number of people who live in cities with populations above 500,000.
Bus Rapid Transit
BRT is rapid transit using dedicated busways for fast, cost-effective, and high-capacity service.
Light Rail Transit
LRT is rail-based rapid transit that runs on its own tracks, often aboveground.
Metro is rail-based rapid transit that uses heavier vehicles than LRT, often underground.
All Rapid Transit
Rapid transit includes Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail Transit, and/or Metro.
How to Use
Select up to four cities or countries to display current data on the map. To de-select a location, click a second time on the location or bubble. Information selected on the map is shown in the below graph.
Color scheme: RTR for All Modes
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The Rapid Transit Database (RTDB) presents all publically available data about every rapid transit line in the world. ITDP maintains the RTDB and updates it annually. You can view or download the full database here.
Rapid transit is the backbone of public transportation, especially in large cities, because it allows people to travel quickly between different neighborhoods. It functions best as part of a larger urban mobility system that includes walking and cycling.
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