A Decision Support Tool for Bus Rapid Transit System Deployment

Bus rapid transit (BRT) mixes the flexibility of traditional bus transit service with an array of higher performance rail transit features. One of its advantages over rail, however, is its potential for incremental and flexible deployment. With this flexibility comes a deployment process for BRT that is highly complex because numerous elements can be deployed in any number of distinct phases. In almost all BRT deployments, intelligent transportation systems and advanced bus technologies have been applied to BRT, however, in less than a fully integrated manner. This project explores how deployment decisions can be made easier, perhaps more rational, and in a more integrated fashion by clarifying the relationships between and among different BRT elements, and how different planning-level goals of deployment are affected by decisions regarding particular elements. A prototype visual tool has been developed to help guide decision makers at appropriate organizations, such as transit agencies and metropolitan planning organizations by showing the relationships between and among common BRT elements and major decision areas.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1107
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 5:43PM