Bus and Bus Rapid Transit

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WSP has experience in BRT implementation and funding strategies, covering all components including bus lanes and busways, stations and maintenance facilities.



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Today, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the fastest growing public transport systems. More than 200 cities throughout the world now offer BRT as part of their public network. This is not so surprising since BRT achieves results that are, in many cases, just as effective as rail solutions, but faster to implement and less costly. BRT flexibility combines stations, bus services, busways and information technologies into a dedicated and integrated system.

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Worldwide Expertise for BRT Systems

WSP has contributed to BRT projects on all continents, some highly advanced with systems that combine the latest technology with efficient, low-impact vehicle operations, state-of- the-art busways, stations, and signalling designs.

We have great experience in BRT implementation and funding strategies. We cover all the major components, including bus lanes and busways, stations and maintenance facilities. Here are some specific services:

  • Feasibility study and strategic consulting
  • Planning studies and environmental assessments
  • Ridership modelling/forecasting
  • Concept engineering and final design
  • BRT station architectural services
  • Traffic engineering and modelling
  • Intelligent transportation systems design
  •  Construction-phase services
  • Safety and security assessments and planning
  • Vehicle and systems procurement and engineering
  • Station-area planning and urban design of streetscapes
  • BRT rolling stock specifications and procurement
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WSP in Action

In the UK, we participated in the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway project, the world’s longest of its kind. In Australia, we worked on the South East Busway Extension in Brisbane, which will help meet the transportation needs of growing local communities.

In Montreal, Canada, we were mandated to undertake a pre-feasibility study that recommended the development of a central median BRT for the PIE-IX Boulevard. This $305 million project was the first of its kind in Quebec and one of the first in Canada. The project involved multiple multimodal hubs, including two subway connections and one commuter rail transfer point. Following the pre-feasibility study, a second mandate was awarded to us to proceed with a detailed feasibility study and preliminary engineering of the BRT.