Bus Rapid bus rapid transit (BRT) Versus Light Rail Transit light rail transit (LRT) : Service Quality, Economic, Environmental and Planning Aspects

  • Vuchic D
  • Stanger D
  • Bruun D
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Abstract

Definition of the SubjectThe term “urban public transit” encompasses a family of modes each serving a particular transport market. These modes can be arrayed by their costs and the quality of service they provide. Toward one end of the spectrum is the typical urban bus mode. At the other end are the regional rail systems with their high speeds and high capacities. In between, urban transit modes have ranges of cost and performance that overlap, and choosing between them may be difficult. Over the last several decades, the modes most often seen as competing for selection are bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT).This debate between the BRT and LRT advocates has too often been destructive, pitting two important urban transit modes against each other when the real “enemy” is the overuse and overfunding of the private car. Policymakers are often left more confused as they listen to the different opinions of their tran ...

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  • Automotive engineering
  • Energy Technology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban Ecology

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Authors

  • Dr Vukan R Vuchic

  • Dr Richard M Stanger

  • Dr Eric C Bruun

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