Bus Rapid Transit

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

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 networks, and BRT often achieves results that are just as effective as rail solutions, but are faster to implement and less costly. BRT offers the flexibility to combine stations, bus services, busways and information technologies into a dedicated and integrated system.

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 signaling designs.

We have extensive experience in BRT implementation and funding strategies. We cover all major components, including bus lanes and busways, stations and maintenance facilities. Specific services include:

  • Feasibility study and strategic consulting
  • Planning studies and environmental assessments
  • Ridership modeling/forecasting
  • Concept engineering and final design
  • BRT station architectural services
  • Traffic engineering and modeling
  • 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

Worldwide Expertise for Bus Systems

WSP has helped large and small transit systems examine their bus route operations and maintenance to assist in adoption of new technologies and ridership growth.

WSP is a one-stop shop for transit agencies and local jurisdictions in undertaking a BRT project or program from vehicle procurement to route development and maintenance of assets.

  • Bus operations – standard operating procedures
  • Route optimization
  • First- and last-mile analysis
  • Fare strategy
  • Ridership and financial modeling
  • Bus asset life-cycle optimization
  • Bus asset management plan
  • Maintenance review and training
  • Bus procurement specifications
  • Bus build quality control
  • Alternative fuel propulsion studies (CNG, hybrid, hydrogen)
  • Electric vehicle feasibility studies
  • Contractor specifications and contract
  • Bus operations key performance indicators
  • Bus maintenance facility design

The Vine BRT, Vancouver, Washington

WSP Electric Technology

WSP is a global leader in low- and zero-emission vehicles, having worked across Europe, Canada, the U.S. 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 life cycle 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. In the U.S., 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 in Ivory Coast.

In Canada, our projects include Ontario’s York Region Viva and Mississauga BRT as well as 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 Australia, we worked on the South East Busway Extension in Brisbane, which will help meet the transportation needs of growing local communities.