BRT is a fast, reliable, and cost-effective solution.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) can move a lot of people quickly, frequently, and comfortably. Compared to other public transit options, BRT can be a cost-effective solution for cities. BRT corridors are designed to remove common sources of delay for transit buses, so passengers can get where they're going quickly. Several design elements ensure it's bus rapid transit, not just bus transit:
Dedicated lanes keep buses out of traffic congestion;
Median bus lanes avoid delays from turning or parked vehicles;
Pre-paid & level boarding helps people get on and off the bus quickly;
Turning restrictions ensure vehicles don’t turn across the BRT lanes.
Several other BRT design elements contribute to a high-quality passenger experience:
Well-designed stations ensure passengers have a comfortable, safe and attractive place to meet their bus;
Passenger information lets people know when their bus is arriving;
Equitable fare policies are inclusive of a diverse community;
Unique brand distinguishes the BRT as an exciting new service.
Implementing a BRT corridor is not easy. Successful cities have had to navigate numerous technical, political, and financial challenges. Once operational, a well-designed BRT corridor can deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community.
I work primarily with non-profit or research organizations, governments, or other transit planning consultants to:
Research and communicate the latest BRT design, performance, and policy trends;
Conceptualize a BRT corridor or system;
Support alternatives analysis or benchmarking, comparing a proposed corridor to U.S. and international precedents;
Evaluate corridor design and user interface elements;
Advise and review transit marketing, branding, communications and user education strategies;
Evaluate corridor performance and impacts;
Curate and lead U.S. or international BRT study tours or peer exchanges.
Co-authored a BRT implementation guide with case studies for U.S. cities;
Co-authored a review of global cities’ experiences implementing BRT (previous work);
Synthesized global BRT & light rail costs and performance for decision-makers in Kampala, Uganda;
Supported Rea Vaya BRT Phase 1A operations planning and infrastructure construction leading up to trial service launch (previous work);
BRT station universal access design reviews (previous work);
Developed prototype Rea Vaya wayfinding signage scheme, and system map (previous work);
Co-authored guidelines for best practices in BRT marketing, branding and communications (previous work);
Led analysis of social, environmental and health impacts (including distributional analysis) of four BRT systems - Mexico City, Bogota, Istanbul and Johannesburg (previous work);