Developing Bus Rapid Transit


Developing Bus Rapid Transit

The Value of BRT in Urban Spaces

9781788110907 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Fiona Ferbrache, Senior College Lecturer in Human Geography, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 090 7 Extent: 288 pp
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.

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For cities investing in public transit infrastructure, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) continues to grow as a popular mode of choice. BRT implementation, planning, operation, performance and impacts, from a wide range of developed and developing cities across the globe are examined in depth in this exemplary book, with contributions by academics and practical experts on BRT.

Each chapter is self-contained, presenting empirical research and grounded examples of BRT in specific urban spaces. Providing rich insight, the chapters also suggest lessons for cities elsewhere. As a whole, the book frames the chapters with the question of how BRT is valued, providing a timely lens to the broader conceptual question of how transport infrastructure can and ought to be valued in the twenty-first century.

Urban and transport studies scholars will find this an invaluable read, as it compares BRT to similar forms of public transport in cities, exploring the pros and cons of the system. The rich set of empirical examples and research suggestions in this book will aid advanced students in determining dissertation and research topics.
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‘This is a useful book that uses case studies from around the world to determine the value of BRT in a range of geographic contexts. The examples cover a variety of scales of systems from BRT lite, running largely in mixed traffic, to fully segregated schemes operating at high speeds and using sophisticated information systems. If you want to understand the potential of BRT as an effective urban mode of travel, this is an excellent place to start.’
– Roger Mackett, University College London, UK

‘BRT offers sustainable mobility options to wealthy and poor communities alike, however, despite several decades of practice BRT research is limited. Ferbrache has compiled an impressive set of authors covering a wide range of places across the globe that illustrate how BRT is embedded and valued in the built environment. This book is a contribution to students, scholars and practitioners interested in better understanding the experience of BRT and the promise it holds for the future.’
– John Renne, Florida Atlantic University, US, and University of Oxford, UK

‘This book is an invaluable addition to the expanding body of knowledge on BRT, particularly on its impacts on urban spaces. It combines a series of case studies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Korea, China, India, Colombia and South Africa, with global overviews, authored by 29 multidisciplinary researchers. The book reveals the diversity of applications of a concept that is still in evolution, with multiple positive and negative impacts that need to be understood. The array of contributions indicates that this understanding is maturing, but there are still areas that need further research, like the BRT wider economic and urban impacts. The book is a worthwhile reference for urban planners and researchers.’
– Dario Hidalgo, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and the BRT+ Centre of Excellence, US
Contributors: B. Adhvaryu, C. Balbontin, G. Beaudet, D. Bray, C. Cadena-Gaitán, W. Camargo, T.-T. Deng, R. Ellison, F. Ferbrache, D.A. Hensher, O. Hjelm, C.Q. Ho, M.-J. Jun, P. Lewis, R. Macário, S. Mejía-Dugand, C. Mulley, J.D. Nelson, D. Scrafton, S. Sinha, A. Stewart, H.M.S. Swamy, C.E. Vergel-Tovar, I. Wallis, G. Weisbrod, G. Whelan, P. White, D. Wignall, A. Wood


1. The value of BRT in urban spaces
Fiona Ferbrache

2. The Adelaide O-Bahn: evolution, operation and lessons
David Bray and Derek Scrafton

3. Ottawa-Gatineau: bus rapid transit and metropolitan planning
Gérard Beaudet and Paul Lewis

4. The Auckland Northern Busway, New Zealand
Don Wignall and Ian Wallis

5. Evaluating BRT and LRT on a level playing field in developed economies: a cross cultural comparison
David A. Hensher, Camila Balbontin, Chinh Q. Ho, Corinne Mulley, Rosário Macário and Anson Stewart

6. Bus rapid transit implementation in China: performance, progress and lessons for transferability
John D. Nelson and Tao-Tao Deng

7. Ahmedabad BRT
H.M. Shivanand Swamy, Bhargav Adhvaryu and Shalini Sinha

8. How well does BRT perform in contrast to LRT: an Australian case study using MetroScan_TI
David A. Hensher, Richard Ellison, Chinh Q. Ho, Glen Weisbrod

9. Assessing BRT outcomes in Great Britain
Gerard Whelan and Peter White

10. The Wider economic impacts of BRT - a global synthesis
Fiona Ferbrache

11. Urban development impacts of bus rapid transit in Colombia: challenges and opportunities
C. Erik Vergel-Tovar and William Camargo

12. Welfare effects of proximity to the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Seoul, Korea
Myung-Jin Jun

13. Segregated lanes in a segregated society: a case study of Medellín, Colombia
Santiago Mejía-Dugand, Carlos Cadena-Gaitán, Olof Hjelm

14. Materiality, immateriality and the replication of BRT in South Africa
Astrid Wood

Conclusion Fiona Ferbrache

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