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BRT in Action
Issue 1, March 2013
Welcome to the Issue 1 of BRT in Action, the bimonthly newsletter from the BRT Centre of Excellence. We'd like to share with you the latest news and research on BRT issues at the Centre and beyond. Please forward this newsletter to other people who may be interested.

Event Wrap Up: General Assembly at TRB13

Our General Assembly this year was held on Tuesday January 15th, at the EMBARQ office at Washington DC. We had a record of audience, with more than 30 participants who had the chance to observe and give feedback to the progress reached by the projects in the Centre. Read more

Opinion Pieces: Before Governments Announces Big Infrastructure Projects

Since 2007, Prof. David Hensher has written an opinion column in the Australasian Bus and Coach magazine, where he monthly discusses a lot of different transport-related hot topics. In this section we are revisiting these columns. Read more.

New Report: Global Land Transport Infraestructure Requirements

This publication reports on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) analysis of infrastructure requirements to support projected road and rail travel through 2050, using the IEA Mobility Model. It considers land transport infrastructure additions to support travel growth to 2050. It also considers potential savings if countries pursue “avoid and shift” policies: in this scenario, cumulative global land transport infrastructure spending could decrease as much as USD 20 trillion by 2050 over baseline projections. Read more

New BRT Webinars

We are pleased to announce a monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. The series is open to anyone and will address issues relevant to researchers and practitioners. Please share the announcements you receive with your extended network. Read more. Updates, which features more than 90 geographic, statistical and service-level indicators, has been releasing updates, adding information on new lines from Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro. The website features the most comprehensive, public database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world, launched on April 2 by our Centre of Excellence and EMBARQ, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency. Read more.

BRT is the way forward

One of Brazil’s biggest challenges is to implement extensive and high quality public transportation networks in large cities. We gave away the urban road space to cars. Today we seek for solutions to one of the worst impacts of this wrong decision: traffic jams. Many of us believe that only metro systems can save mobility, as metros already proved to be effective in cities that developed extensive networks formed by several lines. Read more.


Transmilenio Bogotá: Evolution and challenges for the future
Juan Pablo Bocarejo
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Regulatory Organization and Contractual Relations Between Agents
Rosário Macário

Making Use of Automated Data Collection to Improve Transit Effectiveness
Nigel Wilson

Upcoming Events

15-19 September, 2013
Thredbo 13
Oxford, UK

3-5 July, 2013
International Choice Modelling Conference 2013
Sydney, Australia

4-7 June, 2013
The Best Practices SIBRT in Latin America
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

19-25 May, 2013
Liderazgo en Planificación del Transporte Urbano (in Spanish)
Mexico City, Mexico

Latest Publications

Filipe, L. and Macário, R. (2013) A first glimpse on policy packaging for implementation of BRT projects. Research in Transportation Economics 39, 150 - 157

Hensher, D., Mulley, C. and Smith, N. (2013) Towards a simplified performance-linked value for money model as a reference point for bus contract payments. Research in Transportation Economics 39, 232 - 238

Hidalgo, D. and Gutierrez, L. (2013) BRT and BHLS around the world: Explosive growth, large positive impacts and many issues outstanding. Research in Transportation Economics 39, 8 – 13

Muñoz, J.C. and Hidalgo, D. (2013) Workshop 2: Bus rapid transit as part of enhanced service provision. Research in Transportation Economics 39, 104 – 107
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