Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is commonly discussed as an affordable way for cities to build sustainable rapid transport infrastructure. This book is the first to offer an in-depth analysis of BRT, examining the opportunities it presents along with the significant challenges cities face in its implementation. A wide range of contributors from both developed and developing countries bring expertise in fields ranging from engineering, planning and public policy to economics and urban design to provide a big picture assessment of BRT as part of a process for restructuring transit systems. Academically rigorous, based on five years of research conducted by the BRT Centre of Excellence in Chile, the book is written in an accessible style making it a valuable resource for academic researchers and postgraduate students as well as policy makers and practitioners.
"This is a must-read for those who wish to invest the time, intellectual energy, and building of political will required for BRT to help foster more sustainable cities."
Fred Salvucci, former Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts, USA
"A very thorough and comprehensive review of the role of Bus Rapid Transit, drawing on a wide range of in-depth research. Set in a broader institutional and policy context, the issues discussed are of wider application to public transport operation as a whole." Professor Peter White, University of Westminster, UK
Juan Carlos Munoz has developed parallel careers as a university professor, policy advisor and entrepreneur. He connects academia and practice by addressing problems needing well-conceived and robust answers, and by bringing innovative ideas for transport systems.
Laurel Paget-Seekins went from being a community organiser to academic researcher to public agency administrator. She uses this experience to build interdisciplinary and community–academic–government collaboration to restructure public transport and urban space.
The promise of BRT ~ Laurel Paget-Seekins & Juan Carlos Munoz;
Global overview of BRT and bus corridors ~ Luis Antonio Lindau, Cristina Albuquerque Moreira da Silva, Guillermo Petzhold & Daniela Facchini;
Section 1: Institutional Relationships;
The path toward integrated systems ~ Dario Hidalgo, Juan Carlos Munoz & Juan Miguel Velásquez;
BRT as a tool for negotiated re-regulation ~ Onesimo Flores Dewey;
Institutional design and regulatory frameworks ~ Rosário Macário, Maria Spandou & Luis Neves Filipe;
Strategic participation for change ~ Lake Sagaris;
Designing bus concession contracts ~ Patricia Galilea & Marco Batarce;
Fare structures ~ Marco Batarce & Corinne Mulley;
Section 2: BRT and the City;
Conflict over public space ~ Laurel Paget-Seekins;
Designing BRT-oriented development ~ Chris Zegras, Anson Stewart, Rosanna Forray, Rocío Hidalgo, Cristhian Figueroa, Fábio Duarte & Jan Wampler;
Preferences for BRT and light rail – David Hensher, Corinne Mulley & John Rose;
User preferences and route choice ~ Sebastián Raveau, Juan Carlos Munoz & Juan de Dios Ortúzar;
Passenger information systems ~ Carola Zurob, José Manuel Allard, Rosário Macário, Bernardo Garcia and Camila Garcia;
Section 3: Operations and Design;
Opportunities provided by automated data collection systems ~ Nigel Wilson;
Designing a BRT-based network under integrated operations ~ Homero Larrain, Omar Ibarra, Juan Carlos Munoz & Corinne Mulley;
Assessing corridor performance ~ Juan Carlos Herrera, Juan Carlos Munoz, David Hensher, Corinne Mulley, Zheng Li & Luis Antonio Lindau;
BRRT: adding an R for reliability ~ Felipe Delgado, Juan Carlos Munoz & Ricardo Giesen;
Managing drivers and vehicles for cost-effective operations in regulated transit systems ~ Omar Ibarra & Ricardo Giesen;
Road safety impact of BRT and busway features ~ Nicolae Duduta & Luis Antonio Lindau;
Looking forward ~ Juan Carlos Munoz, Laurel Paget-Seekins.