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 6: Bus rapid transit implementation in China: performance, progress and lessons for transferability

John D. Nelson and Tao-Tao Deng


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in China have experienced rapid growth over a relatively short period, in terms of the number of lines launched and the high quality of infrastructure implemented. Since the first full-featured BRT system was implemented in Beijing in late 2004, BRT schemes have been implemented in 22 cities as one of the key strategies for relieving traffic problems. These systems vary in size, design, service plan, operating features and technology application. The chapter aims to describe and evaluate the physical characteristics, technical performance and operational issues associated with BRT systems as implemented globally and particularly in Chinese cities. A SWOT analysis is applied to identify the key factors that are important to implement BRT in the Chinese context and to identify lessons to be learned.

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