What’s going on in the world of BRT? Here is a selection of some of the key news stories from the past few months/years.

TfL publish findings of the Sutton and Merton Rapid Transit Consultation: The public have spoken and in this instance at least they appear to strongly favour a rail solution for this part of London. The report is now on the TfL website but a decision is yet to be made on how the project proceeds READ MORE

Why unlocking Nairobi traffic will require more than bus rapid transit: Nairobi has been ranked the sixth most dynamic, fastest growing city in the world according to the latest report by JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2018, which also indicates the city is the second fastest growing in Africa. Its population is expected to reach seven million by 2030 and 14 million by 2050. What roles does BRT have to play in managing this growth? READ MORE

City of St. Pete Beach debating proposed PSTA Bus Rapid Transit to beaches: This faster service, along with train-like vehicles and free WiFi, is projected to attract large numbers of new riders looking for a money-saving, car-free option linking downtown St Petersberg  (Florida) to the county’s beaches .READ MORE. 

Trolleybuses are one of the UK’s best chances to deal with the climate emergency: After climate change set February temperatures racing, Eric Doherty explores the benefits of the UK adopting a battery-operated public transport system READ MORE. 

Norther Ireland is getting ahead: An interesting article from Jonathan Bray the director of the Urban Transport Group on the growing demand for public and shared transport in Northern Ireland. READ MORE. 

New BRT focused book released in the UK :   Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a popular mode of sustainable public urban transit given dedicated focus in this timely collection. The effects of BRT are examined in-depth through a range of case studies from cities across six continents, including analysis of BRT planning, implementation, operation, performance and impacts. The contributions from academics and non-academic experts on BRT are framed more broadly within the concept of value and how urban transport investment has and can be valued by and for society. To find out more and order your copy FOLLOW THIS LINK.

A new begining for public transport in Peshawar, Pakistan:  The Vice Chairman of BRT UK, Alan Bailes Director of The Transportation Consultancy, is currently working with alongside an International Consultancy Team delivering the Peshawar BRT System. 26km of BRT network with 31 stations designed to manage 450,000 passengers per day! READ MORE  

First 100% electric BRT route opens in the US:  San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) converted its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100% battery-electric, zero-emissions buses in August 2017. READ MORE  

‘Railless tram’ unveiled in China:  The autonomous three-section articulated vehicle is 31·6 m long, 2 650 mm wide and 3·4 m high, with capacity for 300 passengers. READ MORE  

Greater Manchester’s Guided Busway exceeding all expectations:  Some 2.1 million passengers used the public transport in its first year of operation and it is on course to better that figure when the busway’s second birthday comes around in April. READ MORE  

New bus priority measures in effect on Dublin Quays :  No significant delays were reported on Dublin’s Quays on the first week day operation of new bus priority measures, according to the AA READ MORE  

World Bank full of praise for Lagos BRT : The cities Bus rapid transit project delivered in two phases have reduced journey times from 45 to 30 minutes for over 200,000 daily commuters and increased the number of people who can offer the West African city’s largest market place within 45 minutes by 65%. READ MORE

QBuzz claims to be the first bus operator in Europe to completely replace its diesel fleet with ZERO emission vehicles : 90 passengers per vehicle. 300km range. 900.000 kilograms of Co2 saved every year READ MORE 

Published : Imperial College London – The identification and management of bus priority schemes:  A study of international experiences and best practices. Barcelona, New York, Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, London and much more. READ MORE 

Arriva launch new Co2 Neutral buses in Copenhagen : Denmark continues to lead the way in creating healthy green cities which promote sustainable and active travel. Longer, greener and cleaner vehicles hit the road READ MORE 

Published : SYSTRA report on usage of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway :  Who is using it? What types of journeys are they making? What do they think of the busway?  READ MORE 

Groundbreaking sum of 1 billion Euro to be invested in Dublin’s bus infrastructure and fleet:   The BusConnect programme aims to completely overhaul the bus network and increase patronage by 50%. BRT and ‘next generation corridors’ form a key part of the proposals READ MORE  

Major transport improvements for Leeds set to take first step forwards The Department for Transport has approved £173.5m of funding for the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme. Improvements to the cities bus infrastructure and bus fleet are at the heart of the total £270m package of schemes. READ MORE  

‘Twin-bend’ electric buses that will drive Brisbane’s Metro :  Electric-powered buses almost 30 metres long could move Brisbane commuters in the new “metro” service announced by Brisbane City Council READ MORE

Birmingham’s 20 year masterplan to create 70,500 jobs and feature BRT:  A landmark growth plan which will create more than 70,000 jobs and add over £4bn to the regions economy has been set out by the UK Central Growth Company READ MORE

EIB signs EURO 50m loan for Gran Canaria BRT:  The proposed scheme will create more than 1,000 new jobs during the construction phase of the project READ MORE

Will driverless cars increase reliance on roads?:  New research by scientists at the University of Leeds, University of Washington and Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlights the possibility the introduction of driverless vehicles could intensify car use, reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits READ MORE

NACTO – Transit Street Design Guide:  The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) based in the US has published the Transport Street Design Guide READ MORE

The impact of congestion on bus passengers:  Read the Greener Journeys report into how congestion can impact journey times and the wider bus experience READ MORE


Can BRT deliver health benefits? : The link between transport and the economy is well established but what about the link between transport and public health. Researchers at Cambridge University have spent years studying the effects BRT can have on peoples health. We take a look at the findings READ MORE

BRT in the UK: What to expect from 2016 at a glance : Belfast, to Bristol to an electric bus revolution we look at key developments we are expecting in 2016 READ MORE

Scania reveals ‘Mega Bus’ for Brazil BRT : 28 metres long, carrying up to 270 passengers and featuring 5 access points.  READ MORE

BRT UK Annual Conference 2015 Review: Dave Haskins, the new chair of BRT UK provides his views on the 2015 conference which was held in Glasgow and involved a technical visit to see the new Fastlink BRT system READ MORE

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BRTuk Events 2015: Following last year’s successful site visit to Milton Keynes to see the new Wrightbus electric bus we are now looking forward to 2015. BRT UK aim to deliver events which offer an opportunity to see a project close up and talk to the people leading on them. READ MORE

Leeds NGT project awaiting inspectors reportAfter having sat for 72 days, the Public Inquiry into the New Generation Transport Project came to an end on Friday the 31stof October. The Inquiry Inspector, Martin Whitehead indicated that he expected to take until May 2015 to deliberation the findings and prepare his recommendations for the Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. READ MORE

First successful in bid to operate flagship buswayBus operator First has been successful in winning the contract to operate services on a new flagship bus priority route between Leigh, Salford and Manchester – including the region’s first guided busway. Following a comprehensive procurement process, First has been selected by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to run the high frequency busway services, which will start later this year. READ MORE