Developing Bus Rapid Transit
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Developing Bus Rapid Transit

The Value of BRT in Urban Spaces

Edited by Fiona Ferbrache

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a popular mode of sustainable public urban transit given dedicated focus in this timely collection. The effects of BRT are examined in-depth through a range of case studies from cities across six continents, including analysis of BRT planning, implementation, operation, performance and impacts. The contributions from academics and non-academic experts on BRT are framed more broadly within the concept of value and how urban transport investment has and can be valued by and for society.
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Chapter 5: Evaluating bus rapid transit and light rail transit on a level playing field in developed economies: a cross-cultural comparison

David A. Hensher, Camila Balbontin, Chinh Q. Ho, Corinne Mulley, Rosário Macário and Anson Stewart


This chapter builds on research from Australia, published in 2015, extended by the results of a stated choice experiment in a number of countries (USA, France, Portugal, UK, in 2015) to investigate the drivers of community preferences for bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) and whether there exist country-specific modal preferences. Each choice scenario is conditioned on a given route length for new infrastructure but with different costs, reflecting different modal investment options for the same route length. It is important to identify the nature of the preference differences since this can be used to show how to target citizens to buy in to the choice of LRT or BRT in a particular setting. The chapter uses a community preference framework to show potential gains in public support for BRT over LRT through scenario analysis on attributes assessed in the choice games, together with voter experience with specific modes and socio-economic profiles.

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