BRT International System

BRT International System

Bus Rapid Transit in Other Countries

The first BRT system in the world, was the Transitway system in Ottawa, Canada, which entered service in 1973. As of March 2018, a total of 166 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 4,906 km of BRT lanes and about 32.2 million passengers every day. Latin America has the most cities (54) with BRT systems led by Brazil (21). The Latin American countries with the most daily ridership are Brazil (10.7 Million), Colombia (3.06 Million), and Mexico (2.5 Million). In the other regions, China (4.3 Million) and Iran (2.1 Million) also stand out. Currently, TransJakarta is considered as the largest BRT network in the world with approximately 251.2 km of corridors connecting the Indonesian capital city.

1. TransMilenio, Bogota, Columbia

transmilenio TransMilenio BRT system serves Bogotá and Soacha cities of Columbia. The system opened to the public in 2000 and as of 2019, 8 lines totalling 114.4 km run throughout the city. Passengers typically reach the stations via a bridge over the street. Usually four lanes down the center of the street are dedicated to bus traffic.

Users pay at the station entrance using a smart card, pass through a turnstile, and wait for buses inside the station, which is typically 5m wide. The bus and station doors open simultaneously, and passengers board by simply walking across the threshold. The elevated station platform and the bus floor are at the same height.

The diesel-powered buses are purchased from Colombian-Brazilian company Marcopolo-Superior, German conglomerate Mercedes-Benz, and Swedish companies such as Volvo and Scania. The buses are articulated and have a capacity of 160 passengers. 1,685 buses on average were circulating on the trunk line system.
Link: www.transmilenio.gov.co

2. Guangzhou BRT, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit (Guangzhou BRT or GBRT) is the bus rapid transit (BRT) system of the city of Guangzhou in China. Its first line was put into operation on 10 February 2010.

It handles approximately 1,000,000 passenger trips daily with a peak passenger flow of 26,900 pphpd [passengers per hour per direction] (second only to the TransMilenio BRT system in Bogota). In fact, this rapid transit system contains the world's longest BRT stations - around 260m including bridges and with bus volumes of 1 bus every 10 seconds or 350 per hour in a single direction. The BRT system has two new lines and two extensions planned.
Link: www.gz-brt.cn

3. TransJakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

transjakarta TransJakarta, the first BRT system in Southeast Asia, is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. It commenced operations in 2004 to provide a fast public transport system to help reduce rush hour traffic.

The buses run in dedicated lanes, and ticket prices are subsidised by the regional government. TransJakarta has the world's longest BRT system (251.2 km in length), which operates about 3900 buses. As of 2020, it serves an average of 0.987 million passengers daily.
Link: www.transjakarta.co.id

4. Translink, Brisbane, Australia

translink Since mid-1990s, a 27 kilometre bus rapid transit network has been developed in Brisbane, Australia. It comprises grade-separated bus-only corridors, complementing the Queensland Rail City network.

The busway network is managed by TransLink as coordinator of South East Queensland's integrated public transport system. The Brisbane busway network currently consists of South East Busway, Northern Busway and Eastern Busway, and carried over 70 million passengers in 2011.
Link: translink.com.au

5. Janmarg (Ahmedabad BRT), Gujarat, India

transjakarta Janmarg, also known as Ahmedabad BRTS, is a bus rapid transit system in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is operated by Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited, a subsidiary of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and others. It is designed by CEPT University. It was inaugurated in October 2009.

The network expanded to 89 kilometres by 2017 with daily ridership of 349,000 passengers. BRTS won several national and international awards for design, implementation and operation. It was rated Silver on BRT Standard in 2013.
Link: www.ahmedabadbrts.org

6. Lahore Metrobus, Punjab, Pakistan

transjakarta The Lahore Metrobus is a bus rapid transit service operating in Lahore Punjab, Pakistan. Lahore Metrobus service is integrated with Lahore Transport Company's local bus service to operate as one urban transport system, providing seamless transit service across Lahore District with connections to neighbouring suburban communities.

The Lahore Metrobus was designed to be opened in stages, with the first stage (27 km) opened in 2013 stretching from Gajumata to Shahadra. The second and third stages have been put on hold, as proposals have been put forth to convert the remaining stages to light rail. The Orange Line of the Lahore Metro was initially planned as a BRT.
Link: pma.punjab.gov.pk/

7. Metrobus, Istanbul, Turkey

transjakarta Metrobus is a 50 km (31.1 mile) bus rapid transit route in İstanbul, Turkey with 45 stations using dedicated bus lanes for much of the route. The BRT was opened in 2007 after two years of construction, is used by a number of Metrobus lines which operate within this ‘closed’ system carrying 800,000 people daily. The Turkish authorities have since assisted with the development of a similar system in Lahore, Pakistan, which opened in 2013.

Link: metrobus.iett.istanbul

8. Paris BRT, Paris, France

transjakarta The RATP Group, best known as the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration), is a state-owned public transport operator in Paris, France. RATP is responsible for most of the public transport in the Parisian region, including the Paris Métro, Île-de-France tram and RATP Bus Network. RATP's services constitute a multi-mode public transportation infrastructure and operates two BRT lines, namely - the Trans-Val-de-Marne-TVM (19.7 km) and Line 393 (11.7 km) in Paris.

Link: www.ratp.fr/en

 

BRT International System