Bus Rapid Transit: crucial link in tomorrow's mobility system

Bus Rapid Transit - fast, high-frequency and comfortable 'metro buses' - are an additional option to meet the major challenges in the transition to an accessible, clean and safe living environment. To explore exactly what BRT means and when it is a promising mobility solution, Arcadis, Significance, PosadMaxwan and Berenschot drafted the manifesto BRT. This was commissioned by the Ministry of I & W.

Broad approach

A broad approach was used to look for promising ingredients to make BRT a success in the Dutch mobility system: analyses of domestic and foreign examples, model calculations and discussions with stakeholders. "Successful examples in the Netherlands and Europe show that BRT can provide a specific, adaptive, sustainable and flexible answer to the growing mobility demand and missing links in the network," argues Kaj Mook, senior managing consultant at Berenschot. "However, BRT only proves a success when there is guaranteed basic quality and a realistic growth path."

Starting point conversation
The BRT manifesto is intended as a starting point for the conversation to determine where, when and how BRT can contribute to the transition to a clean, safe and accessible Netherlands. "There is a great challenge here to connect the worlds of road and public transport," Mook said. In the coming period, Berenschot will support the Ministry of IenW in taking that next step for BRT.

In addition to the manifesto, the cooperation partners drew up a BRT roadmap, which outlines what needs to happen in the coming years to achieve a mature system. The first steps have also been taken towards a BRT toolbox, to serve as a guide for concrete projects.