Comparing Worldwide Bus Rapid Transit Systems

Each day world wide, more than 23 million individuals use Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for their commute.  As a lower cost alternative to high capacity rail, BRT systems are an excellent choice for communities to maximize transit capacity and optimize use of existing road infrastructure. The system might be familiar to those who have visited Downtown Cleveland, where a BRT system, the HealthLine, has operated since 2008. For those interested in BRT systems, we stumbled on an interesting map from EMBARQ and the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence.  The map compares BRT ridership by continent, nation, and city.  See the screenshot below or click the link to see the interactive map.  See this wikipedia article for more information about BRT.

Interactive Map at

There is growing interest and demand for the high-quality bus systems as cities seek low-cost, sustainable urban transportation solutions. As the number of systems in the world increases, current, accurate and complete information about existing and planned systems becomes increasingly important but difficult to collect.

The goal of is to improve the sustainable transport community's access to reliable and current data about the BRT and bus corridors currently in operation. We aim to improve the quality and impact of the industry by opening up access to data about the design, performance and cost of these systems. The platform provides a convenient repository of data from a variety of sources including researchers, transit agencies, municipalities and NGOs.