Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been developed in many cities world-wide, including cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Many existing informational resources have been created to guide cities in the development process.
Access Exchange International
Access Exchange International (AEI) is a non-governmental organisation promoting accessible public transport for persons with disabilities and seniors in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and eastern Europe. The organisation’s web site provides resources on good design practices that improve quality access for those with physical disabilities.
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
APTA is a national trade association representing public transport agencies and operators in the United States. The APTA website includes useful background documentation on BRT concepts. http://www.apta.com
Associação Nacional de Transportes Públicos (ANTP)
The Brazilian National Association for Public Transport provides information on a range of sustainable transport topics, including BRT. The Portuguese web site includes access to a range of publications.
Bus Rapid Transit China
BRT China is a Mandarin language web site devoted to providing BRT information and updates on projects in China.
Bus Rapid Transit Central
This site holds articles on BRT and links to technical information on various BRT systems.
Bus Rapid Transit Policy Center
The Bus Rapid Transit Policy Center has been developed by the Breakthrough Technologies Institute is a US-based organisation that seeks to provide key background information on the BRT option. The web site provides news on BRT developments, links to key BRT reports, and information on different vehicle technologies. Also, the Breakthrough Technologies Institute publishes a journal called Transport Innovator that provides analysis of BRT issues as well as updates on projects around the world.
Bus Rapid Transit UK (BRT-UK)
BRT-UK is an association dedicated to the sharing of information about evolving bus based rubber tyred rapid transit technology. BRT-UK is a particuliarly key resource for news and publications related to BRT in the United Kingdom.
Clean Air Initiative
The Clean Air Initiative (CAI) advances innovative ways to improve air quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships in selected regions of the world. The CAI website as well as its training initiatives provides knowledge and information on mechanisms to improve public transport.
The Commons is an “Open Society Sustainability Initiative” developed by Eric Britton and EcoPlan International. The site provides information and offers the opportunity for cities and individuals to exchange experiences. The site also hosts a wide selection of BRT related videos (see the “World Outreach” and “Video Libraries” headings).
The China Sustainable Energy Program of the Energy Foundation has done much to spread awareness of BRT in the context of Chinese cities. Of particular note is the development of the China Sustainable Transportation Centre which provides training and resources on BRT.
GTZ Sustainable Urban Transport Programme (SUTP)
The German Overseas Technical Assistance Agency (GTZ) has developed an information source on a wide range of sustainable transport topics. The SUTP web site hosts this BRT module and other documents on sustainable transport. GTZ also supports sustainable transport projects in a variety of developing-nation cities.
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
ITDP is an international non-governmental organisation that provides supports to BRT initiatives and other sustainable transport projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ITDP has assisted BRT projects in such countries as Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia. ITDP also publishes a regular newsletter, e-Sustainable Transport, which features frequent articles on BRT projects worldwide.
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
UITP is a worldwide network of public transport professionals that acts as a point of reference for sharing information across the public transport sector. UITP publications and conferences provide a key international perspective on best practice in the field.
International Energy Agency (IEA)
The IEA has compared the environmental performance of different fuel and propulsion options for buses in its publication entitled Bus Systems for the Future: Achieving Sustainable Transport Worldwide. This research has also compared the emission impacts of tailpipe technologies to the benefits of mode-shifting strategies.
Metro Magazine’s website hosts a BRT home page that provides a range of information including updates on recent BRT news stories.
National Bus Rapid Transit Institute
Based at the University of South Florida (US), the National BRT Institute is an information clearinghouse on BRT. The site includes BRT publications, presentations, video, and images from both US and international projects.
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)
TCRP is a component of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB). TCRP has produced several key studies on topics related to BRT, including a compendium of BRT case studies and planning guidances.
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
TRB is a division of the US National Research Council which acts as an independent advisor to the US government. TRB seeks to promote innovation and progress in transport through research. Each year in January, TRB hosts its annual review conference which includes many useful sessions on BRT related themes.
Transport Roundtable Australia
This site provides useful information and articles both on general BRT issues as well as specific links to Australian systems in cities such as Brisbane and Adelaide. The site also provides information on the “Smart Urban Transport” conferences which cover a range of sustainable transport topics, including BRT.
US Federal Transit Administration (USFTA)
This site provides an overview of the USFTA’s national BRT programme as well as information on the activities underway in each of the participating cities. The site also provides a number of useful links to technical documents.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI)
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) has produced the on-line TDM Encyclopaedia, which is one of the most complete and expansive works to date on sustainable transport topics. Amongst the topics covered by the On-line TDM Encyclopaedia are: BRT, Non-Motorised Planning, Park & Ride, Transit Improvements, Transit Examples, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), and Evaluation.
WestStart-CALSTART is an advanced transportation technologies consortium, dedicated to creating and expanding a global advanced transportation technologies industry and its markets through technology development, analysis, and implementation. Weststart-CALSTART particularly provides much information on different BRT vehicle types. Weststart-CALSTART also regularly publishes the BRT Newslane which provides project updates and information on BRT vehicle options.
Wikipedia, the free on-line encyclopedia, provides an overview article on the BRT concept.
The World Bank, along with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has supported many BRT initiatives world wide. The World Bank also publishes a range of useful background topics, including reference guides on access for the physically disabled and data sets on existing systems.
World Resources Institute - Embarq
Established in 2002, EMBARQ - The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport - acts as a catalyst for socially, financially, and environmentally sound solutions to the problems of urban mobility. The Embarq website includes information on specific projects as well as information resources.
BRT city websites
Alameda and Contra Counties (AC Transit), US
Auckland, New Zealand
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Long Island, US (New York)
Los Angeles, US
Mexico City, Mexico
New York City, US
San Francisco, US
Santa Clara, US
São Paulo, Brazil
West Sussex, UK