The BRT Standard

March 2024

About this Edition

The BRT Standard is both a framework for understanding BRT and an evaluation tool for BRT corridors based on international best practices. BRT experts have evaluated the elements that receive points in the BRT Standard in a wide variety of contexts. When present, these elements result in consistently improved system performance and have a positive impact on ridership and the environment. Defining the essential elements of BRT, the Standard provides a framework for system designers, decision-makers, and the sustainable-transport community to understand and implement high-quality BRT corridors. The Standard functions as a:

  • Common definition of BRT that includes the key features of BRT that result in high-performing systems, both from a design and operational perspective;
  • Planning tool for designers, planners, municipalities, advocates, and banks to consider and guide decision-making;
  • Evaluation tool to show where there are gaps in design that can be rectified or problems in operations that need to be addressed;
  • Recognition system celebrating corridors that achieve basic BRT, bronze, silver, or gold status and can serve as inspiration for other cities.

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What’s New in 2024?


About the BRT Standard Technical Committee: The Technical Committee of the BRT Standard comprises globally renowned experts on BRT and transport. This Committee serves as a consistent source of sound technical advice with respect to BRT and is the basis for establishing the credibility of the Standard. The Technical Committee certifies corridors and recommends revisions to the Standard as needed.

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