The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy created an interactive map that labels successful Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors worldwide. The ITDP created a BRT Standard that these programs must meet.
The ITDP uses elements to define BRT , which include a dedicated right-of-way, busway alignment, off-board fare collection, intersection treatments, and platform-level boarding. The standard looks a various BRT corridors and scores how they fare within these elements.
The BRT standard focuses on BRT corridors instead of BRT systems because “quality of BRT in cities with multiple corridors can vary significantly.” BRT Corridors are defined as: “A section of road or contiguous roads served by a bus route or multiple bus routes with a minimum length of 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) that has dedicated bus lanes.”
It is great to see so many successful BRT programs across the world. We hope that the BRT system planned for Montgomery County will include many of elements these successful programs maintain.