Principles for Bus Rapid Transit Systems
Description/achievement of initiative

By 2020, the BRT Standard will help evaluate bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, recognize those of the highest quality, and enable planning, design, and development of the most effective proposals. By 2020, we hope that at least ten cities have used the Standard to make their systems higher quality silver or gold standard. These operational systems will serve as global models, inspiring hundreds of more effective BRT systems worldwide.

Implementation methodologies

We will work one-on-one with key cities to help them evaluate their plans and will provide the technical assistance to make them better if need be. We will embed the Standard into planning guides so that it is disseminated more broadly than the one-one-one technical assistance. We will recognize the systems that have been leaders in BRT implementation, with rankings once a year being released and certification being conferred upon the BRT corridor.

The four parts of the BRT Standard process are:
1) Develop a BRT Recognition Scheme: Clearly define, at a global level, what BRT is and what best practice looks like;
2) Create a Certification Program: Provide a means of building and sustaining political will by ranking and certifying systems that achieve these high standards
3) Deploy a Public Relations Strategy: Showcase the highest ranking systems, as well as the positive economic, social, and environmental impacts that these high-quality BRTs bring to a community; and
4) Evaluate Planned Systems: Serve as a benchmark for evaluating new system plans to convince government leaders to build systems that achieve high standards.


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Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
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Deliverable Date
One new silver or gold BRT system built in the US and one in each of the venues in which we work (Brazil, Mexico, China, India, and Africa) 2020
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise 2,400,000

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chennai, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Guangzhou and Lanzhou, China; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; other cities worldwide
  • Date of completion: 2020
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Annie Weinstock, US BRT Director,

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