Bus Rapid Transit A First Step Toward Premium Transit

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems seek to remove many of the factors that cause delays in traditional bus systems. Special buses travel in lanes separate from normal traffic, allowing for constant circulation. BRT stations expedite the boarding process because fares are paid off the bus, rather than directly to the driver, and platforms are usually the same height as the bus’ floor. True BRT systems have intersection priority, making movement even fast- er. Although they are faster than buses, BRTs, like light rail, are very expensive to construct and cannot serve all neighborhoods. To increase their usage, BRTs and all high-capacity transit systems should connect as many forms of transportation as possible, as well as ensuring that cyclists can be accommodated. All diesel- powered bus systems still present significant environmental im- pacts, but the impacts are far less than individual vehicles

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