Bus Rapid Transit: Learning from Other Cities

October 9, 2009

On Friday, October 9, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh attended a presentation featuring transportation experts working around the world to implement bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York City based organization that seeks to promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide.

The goal of BRT is to use buses to enable riders to travel in urban areas at speeds that approach those of subway and rail systems, but at a much lower cost. The City of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are currently working on proposals for BRT on various routes, including First and Second Avenues, which run the length of Kavanagh’s 74th Assembly District.

The presentations at the ITDP event focused on developments in Johannesburg, South Africa; Ahmedabad, India; and Guangzhou, China (formerly Canton), and also touched upon examples of BRT and other transportation improvements in Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Mexico City, Mexico; Bogotá, Colombia; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Trenton, New Jersey. Proposals for New York City were also discussed.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposals for BRT on First and Second Avenues or elsewhere in New York, please contact Cameron Peterson in Kavanagh’s district office at 212-979-9696.