NEW: BRT Planning Guide 2017

The Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide is the most comprehensive resource for planning a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, beginning with project preparation all the way through to implementation.

Beginning with an overview of BRT, the Planning Guide proceeds to give a step-by-step description of the planning process, including operational design, financial modeling, physical design, multi-modal and land use integration, business plan development, communications and marketing, contracting, vehicle and fare collection technology, evaluation, and implementation.

The BRT Planning Guide is intended as a guidance document mainly for planning and engineering professionals. However, others, such as non-governmental organizations, national and regional policymakers, and business groups, will find it a valuable resource as well, when advocating for their issues and finding solutions to the problems that they are addressing.

The Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide is copyrighted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). It is intended for technical and educational use only and may not be used for commercial purposes. It may not be reprinted or modified without the explicit authorization of ITDP.

A hard copy of the planning guide is also available for purchase from ITDP.

BRT Planning Guide 2017

Complete BRT Planning Guide 2017

This 4th edition is the culmination of years of efforts to document and improve the state of the art in cost-effective public transport solutions for cities. It includes contributions from a wide range of professionals and practitioners with direct experience in designing and implementing BRT systems all over the world.

BRT systems have proven to be catalysts in transforming cities into more livable and human-friendly environments. The appeal of BRT is the ability to deliver a high-quality mass transit system within the budgets of most municipalities, even in low-income cities. Planning and implementing a good BRT system is not easy. This guide aims to make the task a little easier.

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    Further information

    Webinar: BRT Planning 101

    Recorded ITDP-Webinar, February 2, 2018

    Planning and implementing a good BRT system is not easy. This webinar discussed why BRT in the first place, what makes a good BRT system, and the basic steps needed to plan a system. This webinar was a high level overview of the planning process and how the BRT Planning Guide can be a resource to help make the task a little easier.

    Click here to watch the full record (56 min)

    Webinar: BRT Planning 201 - Service Planning

    Recorded ITDP-Webinar, March 2, 2018

    Ideally, BRT systems are designed around a service plan that gets the most people to where they want to go in the fastest means possible. BRT infrastructure is then designed to increase the speed and comfort and convenience of this service plan. In the former BRT Planning Guide, there was limited guidance on how to establish the original service plan. This webinar will review the new Service Planning chapter, based heavily on the work of leading BRT engineer Pedro Szasz, begin to open this black box, and start a dialog on service optimization strategies more generally.


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    Webinar: BRT Planning 301 - Communications

    Recorded ITDP-Webinar, April 3, 2018

    This webinar described key insights from Volume III: Communications of the BRT Planning Guide. This volume explores necessary steps to build a communications strategy used to engage the public with BRT projects, educate customers on how to use the system, and market the project to a wide array of potential users. This topic covers strategic planning, public participation, marketing, and customer service.


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    Webinar: BRT Planning 401 - Infrastructure and Design

    Recorded ITDP-Webinar, May 15, 2018

    In this fourth installment of the BRT Planning Guide webinar series, author Andre Frieslaar will present on “Volume 6: Infrastructure”. In this webinar, attendees will be introduced to the various components that make up the family of BRT infrastructure. These include the busways on which the buses travel, the terminals, stations and stops where passengers board and alight the buses and the depots where buses are refueled, repaired and stored when not in use. BRT infrastructure is geared towards giving buses priority over general traffic in congested road networks, and ensuring efficient and reliable travel times for buses and their passengers along BRT routes.


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