BRT UK News
What’s going on in the world of BRT and quality bus systems? Here is a selection of some of the key news stories from the past few months/years.
Auckland Transport Gives Green Light to $1.4 billion Busway Consortium: Announcement of Auckland Transport’s decision to proceed with he next three stages of the $1.4 billion Eastern Busway project. The existing busway network will be extended and major stations built alongside extensive cycling, walking, place making and environmental improvements. READ MORE
6 Bus Rapid Transit schemes secure funding in the US : Schemes sit alongside heavy and light rail schemes within the $891m CIG programme READ MORE
Sao Paulo to Invest $10.8 billion to Expand Urban Rail and Bus Network: The governor of Sao Paulo’s approved investment plan to expand the city’s urban rail and bus rapid transit networks by 2023. READ MORE
Transforming Cities Fund grant awards announced: BRT proposals for Leeds, Barnsley and Derby READ MORE
Edinburgh: Need to re think major junction improvement to provide more bus priority: City of Edinburgh Council requesting that Transport Scotland make amendments to the design of the A720 Sherrifhall Roundabout, in order to promote greater bus priority in the scheme’s design. READ MORE
Irish Public Consultation Aims to Enhance Dublin’s Bus System: Centre for Cities report calling for transport investment in priority cities. READ MORE
Investing in Transport is Key to ‘Levelling Up’ Cities: The introduction of the Glider bus service has resulted in 85 west Belfast black taxi drivers losing their jobs, a spokesperson has said READ MORE
6 Potential Bus Rapid Transit Routes Under Consideration in Phoenix: Public hearings expected to take place this Spring READ MORE
Conversion of Railway into a Busway to be Studied: Report on a feasibility study taking place for the conversion of a railway line into a busway in Østbanen, Denmark. Cost savings could
be generated by deploying such a scheme. READ MORE
Bus Deal is First Stop on way to Mass Transit for Bristol’s Mayor: Mayor of Bristols plans for the city’s bus deal and mass transit system. This includes Bristol City Council investing in bus prioritization and infrastructure. READ MORE
First Autonomous Bus Programme Launched in Tainan, Taiwan: Announcement of revenue-generating self-driving bus service in Tainan, Taiwan. The Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system is expected to run on fixed bus routes, remotely managed by a cloud based operation control centre. READ MORE
New Rapid Transport Bus Service to blame for job losses, say Black Taxis Boss: The introduction of the Glider bus service has resulted in 85 west Belfast black taxi drivers losing their jobs, a spokesperson has said READ MORE
Bus frustrations in Oldham: Transport users in Royton say services are infrequent, often late and poorly planned READ MORE
When the bus ride to your destination is just a click away: With bus routes severely curtailed outside big cities, is demand-responsive transport the answer READ MORE
Stagecoach release the results of the 2019 Cambridgeshire Guided Busway consultation: The results will be used to improve the services operating along one of the UK’s most successful transport routes. Key themes include capacity, frequency, easier journey planning and better value tickets READ MORE
Metz: A third line for the Mettis BRT system: The French city of Metz – with some 125.000 inhabitants – decided against the construction of a full-scale rail-based tramway and went for another state-of -the-art but definitely more cost-efficient solution READ MORE
World’s first hydrogen BRT launches in France: The first hydrogen-powered Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system has gone live in Pau, in the south of France READ MORE
B’ham City Council asked to approve key SPRINT BRT business case: Transport planners and looking to secure over £30m to deliver the A34 Perry Barr Highway Improvement scheme which will deliver quicker and more reliable bus journeys READ MORE
Cardiff’s Transport White Paper : Transport Vision 2030: Talk of BRT and quality bus infrastructure to help deliver economy growth and cut carbon READ MORE
Colchester Borough Council look to public for views on Rapid Transit solution: 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
Is 2020 going to be the year of the bus? We hope so!:The Bus Open Data Service will be launched in early 2020, and will be underpinned by new regulations which will mean bus operators are legally required to provide route and timetable data by the end of 2020 and fare, ticket and location data by 2021 . READ MORE
Egypt considers establishing bus rapid transit system for Cairo’s Ring Road: Egypt’s Transportation Minister Kamel al-Wazir paid a visit to Volvo factories in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he discussed with officials from Volvo a project to establish a bus rapid transit system in Egypt READ MORE
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 report: After 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 busway: Bus 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