- Bus Rapid Transit Planning course – Training Course 11th December, 2006. Mercure Hotel, Yogyakarta Dear all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an innovative approachMessage 1 of 5 , Dec 4, 2006View SourceBus Rapid Transit Planning course Training Course
11th December, 2006. Mercure Hotel, Yogyakarta
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an innovative approach to solve the problems of
public transport in the developing cities. Cities such as Curitiba, Bogotá
and Jakarta have largely benefited by implementing BRT. The whole BRT system
would be worthless if there is no good planning involved.
With our experience in BRT planning and implementation, GTZ-SUTP, will be
offering a training course on Bus Rapid Transit Planning. The course will
describe the key components of a BRT system and give basic tools for
policymakers and technical staff of municipalities to start developing a
successful and high-impact system in their cities. The main objective of
this training course is to introduce participants to the features of BRT and
how it can be applied in their city.
The course will explain the criteria of demand analysis, corridor selection,
operational plan, customer service plan, infrastructure, modal integration,
technology, business and financing of a BRT system. It will also describe
the social, environmental and economic impacts of a BRT system. The course
will engage participants in exercises for their cities regarding Bus Rapid
Transit and then evaluate the potential application of a BRT system in each
We hence warmly invite you to be a part of this training course. Please mail
Mr. Carlos F. Pardo at <mailto:carlos.pardo@...> carlos.pardo@...
for registering for the course. For more information please visit
http://www.cleanairnet.org/baq2006/1757/article-71088.html . Please note
that there are limited spaces available for this course, so register soon
before vacancies are finished!
Hoping to see you in Yogyakarta,
GTZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
The United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
Transport and Tourism Division
Room 0942, ESCAP UN Building,
Rajadamnern Nok Rd. Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2 - 288 1321
Fax: +66 (0) 2 - 280 6042
Website: <http://www.sutp.org/> www.sutp.org
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- ... =v= Here in the United States, BRT serves to usurp LRT. Indeed, its very name is an attempt to convince people that they can have the benefits of LRT withMessage 2 of 5 , Dec 4, 2006View Source
> Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an innovative approach to solve the=v= Here in the United States, BRT serves to usurp LRT. Indeed,
> problems of public transport in the developing cities. Cities
> such as Curitiba, Bogotá and Jakarta have largely benefited
> by implementing BRT.
its very name is an attempt to convince people that they can
have the benefits of LRT with a bus system. (This is only true
if you pretend that the many benefits of rail don't exist.)
All BRT "success stories" in the U.S. involve BRT running on
former LRT routes.
=v= Curitiba has moved on beyond BRT to demanding an upgrade
to rail. Why is it, then, that its BRT system continues to be
touted as a be-all and end-all for other parts of the world?
- ... I agree, those arguments were made here in Cleveland, which is currently building a BRT line. ... Cleveland once had an extensive trolley network. Some ofMessage 3 of 5 , Dec 5, 2006View Source--- In email@example.com, Jym Dyer <jym@...> wrote:
> =v= Here in the United States, BRT serves to usurp LRT. Indeed,I agree, those arguments were made here in Cleveland, which is
> its very name is an attempt to convince people that they can
> have the benefits of LRT with a bus system. (This is only true
> if you pretend that the many benefits of rail don't exist.)
currently building a BRT line.
> All BRT "success stories" in the U.S. involve BRT running onCleveland once had an extensive trolley network. Some of the trolley
> former LRT routes.
rails were recently uncovered (and discarded) during reconstruction of
Euclid Avenue as part of the BRT project. Buses are expected to be
running in 2008 or 2009. Whether it will be a success or not remains
to be seen, but are trolleys "light rail"?
Cleveland has a few light rail lines that have been around for up to
seventy-five years, but the network has not been expanded and does not
even cover the core of the city. Meanwhile the "city" has expanded
exponentially over the years, simultaneously increasing and diluting
Despite pleas from advocates of light rail in Cleveland, BRT was
adopted as a less expensive alternative. It will be interesting to
see what the local sentiment is in 2010, after a year or two of operation.
- Some interesting words for the City Philosopher of Almere, the new town near Amsterdam:Message 4 of 5 , Dec 5, 2006View SourceSome interesting words for the City Philosopher of Almere, the "new town"
I actually was Wiki-ing and Goggle-ing Almere about their underground
waste disposal system
<http://www.envac.net/docs/projects/383_Almere_ENG.webb.pdf> and ran into
Golly, in a few newly developing parts of Prague they could use that
system together with trains for collection and part or all of the
processing for trash and recycling...
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- ... =v= Yes. Though they predate the phrase, they exemplify it. ... =v= Yes, that s always the argument. However, it s only less expensive in the shortMessage 5 of 5 , Dec 5, 2006View Source
> ... are trolleys "light rail"?=v= Yes. Though they predate the phrase, they exemplify it.
> Despite pleas from advocates of light rail in Cleveland, BRT=v= Yes, that's always the argument. However, it's only "less
> was adopted as a less expensive alternative.
expensive" in the short term, because buses require more fuel,
more maintenance, and more space on the road. They also damage
roads, but that cost is generally in a different accounting
ledger and is thus often ignored as a cost of BRT. Even so,
in the long herm a city budget finds itself facing all these
higher costs of "less expensive" BRT.
=v= There are of course higher environmental and health costs,
but the ledgers those show up on are so often never connected
to their sources. LRT also has the effect of attracting
economic development along its corridors, something BRT has
yet to demonstrate (though it does enjoy those benefits to
some degree when it usurps an LRT corridor).
=v= Penny-wise and pound foolish.