Developing a Regional Bus Rapid Transit Network in the New York Metropolitan Area

Deakin, Elizabeth
RCWP 10-002

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an enhanced bus system designed to “combine the flexibility of buses with the efficiency of rail.” While applications are diverse, most BRT systems achieve higher speeds and greater reliability than conventional buses by providing priority treatments that include dedicated lanes, queue jumpers, signal priority, and by locating stops farther apart than is normal on local routes.  State and regional agencies, transit operators, and local governments all have key roles to play in making sure that regional integration of transit systems will take place and be effective.