Bus Rapid Transit or BRT aims to provide a subway-like level of service and speed, but using buses rather than fixed rail trains. BRT systems are especially appealing to cities which are rapidly growing, because they are more than 10 times cheaper than subway systems to build and operate, and can be built much faster.
Worldwide, the Guangzhou BRT includes the following notable features:
– the first high capacity ‘direct-service’ BRT system, in which BRT buses can enter and leave the BRT corridor
– the first BRT system to include direct physical connections between BRT stations and metro stations
– the world’s longest BRT stations, with Bogota and Lima
– the world’s largest passenger boardings at regular BRT stations.
Within China, the Guangzhou BRT includes the following notable features:
– the first BRT system to include bike parking as well as bike sharing/public bikes in the station design
– the first BRT system with more than one bus operator
– peak passenger demand more than 3 times larger than any other BRT system in Asia.