About BRT

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NYC’s need for flexible and reliable buses was demonstrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which exposed the vulnerability of our subway system. The East River tunnels were flooded, and the subway from Howard Beach to the Rockaways was completely destroyed. In the days following the storm, the MTA improvised BRT-like service by establishing a “bus bridge” connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River. With dedicated bus lanes aggressively enforced, riders saw first-hand how efficiently buses can take them to their destinations.
The New York State 2100 Commission established by Governor Cuomo and co-chaired by Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin called for the construction of a BRT network to “enhance the resiliency and redundancy of the overall transit system in New York City.” Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for the implementation of a citywide BRT system with more than 20 routes.
The BRT for NYC Steering Committee’s mission is to make Mayor de Blasio’s vision a reality.
The MTA’s “bus bridge” in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the flexibility of buses and their ability to promote NYC’s resiliency.

Case Studies from Around the World

HealthLine (Cleveland, Ohio):

• In operation since 2008
• As of 2013, generated approximately $5.8 billion in economic development  and 5,000 new jobs along the corridor
• HealthLine buses produce 90% less emissions than regular buses

TransMilenio (Bogotá, Colombia):

• In operation since 2000
• The world’s largest BRT system with 136 stations and 12 lines, covering 112  kilometers (70 miles)
• Boasts a daily ridership of around 2.2 million

Guangzhou BRT (Guangzhou, China):

• In operation since 2010
• First BRT system to integrate bicycles into its design
• Boasts a passenger flow of nearly 27,000 passengers per hour per direction

Rede Integrada de Transporte (Curitiba, Brazil):

• In operation since 1974 and one of the first BRT systems in the world
• Used by approximately 85% of the city’s population, with a daily ridership of  around 2.3 million
• Stations designed as elevated tubes with handicapped access

Metrobús (Mexico City, Mexico):

• In operation since 2005
• As of 2013, fleet has grown to 367 buses
• Creates resiliency by connecting with other forms of transit like the Mexico City Metro

Emerald Express (Eugene, Oregon):

• In operation since 2007
• In less than a year, doubled ridership along the Eugene-Springfield corridor
• Resulted in the City of Eugene’s nomination for the 2008 Sustainable Transportation Award