Today, bus rapid transit (BRT) is one of the fastest growing public transport systems. More than 200 cities throughout the world now offer bus transport 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 and tram solutions, but faster to implement and less costly.
BRT flexibility combines stations, bus services, busways and information technologies into a dedicated and integrated system. New technologies are also making BRT more effective as a mass transit system, such as emerging automation and connectivity.
Worldwide expertise for BRT systems
WSP has contributed to bus transport 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:
- BRT rolling stock specifications and procurement
- BRT station architectural services
- Concept engineering and final design
- Construction-phase services
- Feasibility study and strategic consulting
- Intelligent transportation systems design, including connected and autonomous vehicles
- Planning studies and environmental assessments
- Ridership modelling/forecasting
- Safety and security assessments and planning
- Station-area planning and urban design of streetscapes
- Traffic engineering and modelling
- Vehicle and systems procurement and engineering
Worldwide expertise for bus systems
WSP has helped large and small transport systems examine their bus route operations and maintenance to assist the adoption of new technologies and ridership growth.
WSP is a one-stop shop for transport agencies and local jurisdictions in undertaking a BRT project or programme from vehicle procurement, to route development and maintenance of assets.
- Alternative fuel propulsion studies (CNG, Hybrid, Hydrogen)
- Bus asset lifecycle optimisation
- Bus asset management plan
- Bus build quality control
- Bus maintenance facility design
- Bus operations key performance indicators
- Bus operations – Standard Operating Procedures
- Bus procurement specifications
- Contractor specifications and contract
- Electric vehicle feasibility study
- First and Last Mile analysis
- Future mobility
- Fare strategy
- Maintenance review and training
- Ridership and financial modelling
- Route optimisation
- WSP electric technology
WSP is a global leader in low and zero emission vehicles having worked across Europe, Canada, US and South America on electric bus feasibility studies.
Our proprietary route simulation model helps agencies and government understand current electric buses capabilities in meeting route and passenger needs. Moreover, our lifecycle database helps to examine the overall cost of ownership.
Global expertise, local experience
In the UK, we participated in the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway project, the world’s longest of its kind. We have also developed city region BRT networks across the UK:
- Bristol MetroBus where we produced a joint procurement strategy, led design development, consenting and developed operational strategies as part of a BRT network;
- For Leeds we are the development partner for their BRT infrastructure proposals as part of a regional integrated network that transforms city travel;
- Birmingham SPRINT as a key component of city-wide connectivity and addressing air quality challenges; and
- In Cambridge we are leading corridor studies to provide BRT that enables growth and economic connectivity.
In the US, we worked on systems such as the Franklin Corridor EmX system in Oregon and the popular Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) in Las Vegas.
In Africa, WSP was mandated to undertake a feasibility study for a BRT system in Abidjan, the largest city of Ivory Coast.
In Canada, our projects include Ontario’s York Region Viva and Mississauga BRT, and the Pie-IX BRT in Montreal. This $305 million project was the first of its kind in Quebec, and involved multiple multimodal hubs, including two subway connections and one commuter rail transfer point. Following a pre-feasibility study, a second mandate was awarded to us to proceed with a detailed feasibility study and preliminary engineering of the BRT.
In China, we were commissioned by the Chengdu Municipal Engineering and Research Design Institute (CMEDI) to undertake traffic and station study for the Chengdu new 2nd ring road design including elevated level s of two BRT lanes. Our role on this project was to undertake assessment of the road network, junction capacity, and BRT station operation level of service and to analyse and optimise the scheme to improve performance. We demonstrated how to retro-fit BRT to large scale road highway system successfully to achieve high capacity and transfer from car.
In Australia, we worked on the South East Busway Extension in Brisbane, which will help meet the transportation needs of growing local communities.