A worldwide state-of-the-art analysis for bus rapid transit: Looking for the success formula

Alexandros Nikitas, Marianne Karlsson

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This paper’s intended contribution, in terms of providing an additional angle in the existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) state-of-the-art knowledge spectrum, is a dual one. On the one hand, it provides a detailed description of the mode, re-defining BRT as an overall concept by identifying, discussing, and categorizing in a systematic way its strengths and its weaknesses in comparison with rail-based solutions and conventional bus services. On the other hand, it presents in detail a number of selected scheme-oriented applications from around the world, looking into some of the basic ingredients behind BRT’s success (or failure) stories. This is a scientific effort that could inform the reader about the current status of BRT internationally and about the challenges and opportunities that exist when trying to materialize BRT’s potential as an effective urban passenger solution that could challenge the merits of more conventional mass-transit options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Public Transportation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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