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How bus rapid #transit is cleaning the air and saving commute time in Mexico City and Istanbul #CleanAir

The international transportation policy group EMBARQ has just released a great new short video highlighting the benefits of bus rapid transit systems in Mexico City and Istanbul. The video illustrates some of the findings in the organization’s detailed recent report, Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts of BRT Systems . BRT can be particularly useful in developing countries because it can bring (or extend) many of the benefits of rail transit systems – speed, predictability, priority, comfort – while requiring considerably less capital investment. The key to success is assigning dedicated travel lanes to the BRT vehicles so they avoid congestion, and committing to modern stations at appropriate intervals with streamlined fare collection and boarding (see photo at top). Nine hundred thousand passengers per day ride the Mexico City BRT, which supplements the city’s Met...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/how_bus_rapid...

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