Bus Rapid Transit Corridors, Plans & Projects

Steps in BRT planning

Overview of BRT planning stages.

BRT: promise and peril

BRT project risks.

Selected projects

Far East Mobility’s team have planned, developed, implemented and/or provided technical supervision of BRT systems in cities worldwide, including a lead role on projects and plans in many major Asian cities.

Other cities

Other cities where Far East Mobility has been or is currently involved in BRT planning include Kaili (China), Bandung (Indonesia), Semarang (Indonesia), Pekanbaru (Indonesia), Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Lanzhou (China), Metro Manila (Philippines), Vientiane (Lao PDR), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Nanning (China), Peshawar (Pakistan) and Dandong (China). These projects and Far East Mobility's role are briefly described here.

BRT impact analysis

Analyzing the impact of BRT projects requires a range of surveys implemented before and after the BRT is implemented. Far East Mobility experts led the preparation and implementation of such surveys in several cities, including Guangzhou, Lanzhou, and Yichang.

Selected Far East Mobility project/policy cities

(Includes some cities where involvement was prior to Far East Mobility's incorporation.)

BRT database

System name Data Photos Map
Amsterdam Zuidtangent
Bangkok BRT
Beijing BRT
TransMilenio (Bogota)
Brisbane Busway
Cali Mio
Cape Town IRT
Changzhou BRT
Chengdu BRT
DART (Dar es Salaam)
Fuzhou BRT
Guangzhou BRT
Guiyang BRT
Hangzhou BRT
Hanoi BRT
Islamabad Metrobus
Istanbul Metrobus
Transjakarta Busway
Jinan BRT
Johannesburg Rea Vaya
BRT Sunway (Kuala Lumpur)
Lanzhou BRT
Leon Optibús
Lianyungang BRT
Lima Metropolitano
Los Angeles Orange Line
Mexico City MetroBus
Nagoya Yutorīto Line
Nanchang BRT
NBRT
Nantes Bus Way
Paris TVM
Pune metro region BRT
Quito BRT
Shanghai Route 71 busway
Shaoxing BRT
Urumqi BRT
Wenzhou BRT
Wuhan Xiongchu Ave BRT
Xiamen BRT
Yichang BRT
Yinchuan BRT
Zhengzhou BRT
Zhongshan BRT
Lanzhou BRT

Guangzhou BRT

Cali BRT

Guangzhou BRT

Yichang BRT

Yichang BRT

Guangzhou BRT

Guangzhou BRT

Yichang BRT

Yichang BRT

Rio de Janeiro BRT

Bogota BRT

Quantitative parameters
Peak throughput (passengers / hr / direction)
Peak buses / hr / direction
BRT Standard score (GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE)
Year system commenced
System name
City centre peak hour speed
Full corridor peak hour speed
BRT system coverage (2-way roads) (1 fare)
Operational mode
Number of BRT stations
Routes operating both inside & outside BRT roads
Routes operating only in busway corridors
System passenger-trips per day
Stations with functioning passing lanes
Most station substops
Fare type (flat fare or distance-based)
Median cash fare
Median smart card fare
Fare range (cash payment)
Fare range (e-payment)
Fleet of special BRT buses
Fleet of regular buses using BRT stations
Fleet of 18m or larger BRT buses
Fleet of integrated BRT feeder buses
Location of busway lanes
Longest BRT station (non terminal)
Shortest BRT station
Average bus occupancy (peak direction & point)
Total length of dedicated busway
Length including mixed traffic portions
Station platform width (including walls & doors)
Station platform height
Average distance between stations
Number of corridors
Highest peak hour boardings at a single station
Highest full-day boardings at a single station
Type of fare collection / verification technology
Location of bus doorways
Number of BRT terminals
Number of BRT depots
Infrastructure cost per km
BRT bus operator(s)
12m BRT bus cost
18m BRT bus cost
Number of doors in BRT buses
BRT vehicle length
No. of seats in 12m BRT buses
No. of seats in 18m BRT buses
BRT vehicle fuel
BRT bus manufacturer
Lead local design / planning work
Project website
BRT management agency
Major prizes
Fare system vendor
Sliding door system vendor
Surveillance system vendor
Operating hours
Infrastructure financing source
Qualitative parameters
Segregated busways or bus-only roadways
Network of routes and corridors
Enhanced station (more than just a bus shelter)
High peak period operational speed (>20km/hr)
Faster than a trotting donkey
Buses operating both in & out of BRT corridors
Most bus passengers in BRT corridors carried by BRT buses
Net time saving for bus passengers in corridor
Overtaking lanes at more than 75% of stations
Real-time next bus information displays
Bike sharing in vicinity of BRT stations
Wheelchair accessible stations
More than one BRT bus operator
Throughput >20,000 passengers/hr (one direction)
Throughput >10,000 passengers/hr (one direction)
Carries more than a mixed traffic lane (2500 pphpd)
Pre-board fare collection and fare verification
Distinctive BRT buses
Distinctive marketing identity for system
Distinctive BRT stations
>1 substop at >75% of stations (requires overtaking)
Includes BRT-only tunnels or bridges
>1 stop position at stopping area at >75% of stations
Sliding doors in BRT stations
Stations away from intersections
Competitively bid operating contracts
Payment per bus-kilometre rather than per passenger
No operational subsidy from government
Buses paid for by operators rather than government
Oversight from an independent entity/agency
Low-emission vehicle technology (≥Euro III)
Automated fare collection and fare verification
Station size based on passenger demand
Full weather protection on most station platforms
Full weather protection on all station platforms
Covered station access
Escalators/lifts at >20% of stations with bridges/tunnels
System control centre
Signal priority or grade separation at intersections
Level boarding and alighting
High-quality passenger information at stations
High-quality passenger information on buses
Audio announcements on BRT buses
Real-time CCTV surveillance at all stations
Bicycle parking at BRT stations
Segregated bike lanes along main corridor(s)
Improvements to nearby public space
BRT authority plans and controls the system
Physical BRT laneway dividers