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In the last half century, cities introduced bus rapid transit (BRT) as an affordable mass public transport solution. BRT boomed in several Latin American cities, and then began to spread in Asia, Africa, and in the United States and Canada. With this growth, it became clear that a standard was needed to define quality BRT and help guide corridor design and operations. To respond to this need, ITDP conceived the first BRT Standard in 2012. The BRT Standard is both a framework for defining BRT and an evaluation tool for BRT corridors based on international best practices with a recognition scheme. In the years since launching the guide, over 153 corridors have opened in 91 cities in 24 countries.

In this webinar, we will highlight the evolution of the BRT Standard, present the updated metrics of the newly updated 2024 Edition through the lens of climate, gender and inclusion, and transport resilience, and discuss the future of the BRT systems. We will also be discussing with sustainable transport experts the ways in which BRT has changed in recent years, and how those changes are reflected in the latest Standard.



Jacob Mason Director of Research and Impact, ITDP

Jacob manages data collection, reporting, and evaluation for ITDP globally. He specializes in strategic research that drives the conversation about sustainable transportation and development, assessing new technologies and identifying new, quantifiable ways of meeting program goals.

Jacob has been the lead researcher for many of ITDP’s most recognized publications, including the Bike Share Planning Guide, the BRT Standard, and A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario and Three Revolutions in Urban Transport, quantifying the multi-trillion-dollar savings in transportation costs and massive reductions in CO2 emissions possible through more sustainable urban transport. He also oversaw the production of ITDP’s People Near Transit report, which developed and measured an international metric for rapid transit coverage, which has since been adopted by city, national, and international governments.

Jacob has been responsible for data collection analysis—and, often, metric development—for ITDP projects worldwide, including a walkability study in five African cities and a BRT project in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the World Bank’s Sustainable Mobility for All program, Jacob co-chairs the Urban Access working group, which is developing sustainable urban transport indicators that are shared across multiple international institutions.

Jacob has a master’s in urban planning from McGill University (Montreal) and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Columbia University.



María Fernanda Ramírez Bernal Safe and Sustainable Lead, Despacio

María is the current Safe and Sustainable Lead at Despacio. She has almost 20 years of teaching and research experience as a university professor on active and inclusive mobility. She has experience leading and coordinating sustainable mobility and road safety projects in Colombia and Latin America, oriented towards inclusivity and vulnerable users. María is a Civil Engineer and Road design specialist from the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería (COL); and MSc in Civil Engineer and Ms Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati (USA).

Ricardo Giesen Director and Associate Professor at the Department of Transport and Logistics Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC); Director of the BRT+ Center of Excellence

Ricardo Giesen is Director and Associate Professor at the Department of Transport and Logistics Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). He is Director of the BRT+ Center of Excellence ( funded by VREF, and serves as board member of EFE Central (Chilean State Railroad Company, Central subsidiary).  He is a Civil Industrial Engineer and M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from PUC, and PhD in Transportation Systems from the University of Maryland at College Park. He specializes in transportation systems operations and planning, and public transport systems.

Claire Birungi

Claire Birungi Transport Systems Manager, ITDP Africa

Claire Birungi holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Before joining ITDP, Claire worked as a Liveable City consultant with Health Bridge in Kampala on public space accessibility projects. Thereafter, she worked as a consultant with Koleko Transport Planning and Engineering in Johannesburg. Her areas of experience range from intelligent transport systems, transport modelling, transport planning, non-motorised transport, and traffic engineering. Claire’s interests for the future are sustainable transport systems, climate change and transport economics.


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