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Cost, flexibility prompting many U.S. cities to give BRT a second look

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A confluence of spiraling costs, rising environmental concerns and a huge influx of federal dollars is prompting government officials nationwide to give a public transportation option which has been with us since the early 1970s a second look.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a bus-based public transport system that combines technology, road designs and route planning adjustments to provide higher capacity, improved reliability and faster service than conventional bus systems. And while there may be some question as to what city implemented the first comprehensive BRT system—both Brazil’s Curitiba City and Runcorn New Town in England lay claim to that title—there can be little doubt that BRT has had a positive impact on public transportation worldwide.

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