What is generally considered as the world’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system was implemented in Curitiba, Brazil in 1974 – the Rede Integrada de Transporte (RIT). BRT was first implemented in the USA in Pittsburgh in 1977, and has since spread to every continent except Antarctica. However, the style of implementation of BRT varies widely across the world.
BRT is essentially a bus-based public transportation system which offers considerable benefits over standard bus systems, while incurring a fraction of the capital cost of rail-based alternatives. It is also much quicker to implement, and considerably more flexible.
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