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Welcome to the Metro Route Atlas's bus rapid transit infrastructure page. Unlike the BRT List, this part of the website is detached from the other content and does not follow the same conventions. It is also much greater in scope than many other parts of the website and so it is likely that information here is out of date.

This page is broken into two main components that are somewhat related - Spreadsheets per geographic region that detail cities and their BRT infrastructure, if any, and links to a map of infrastructure. These two components do not have a one to one correspondence and there may be data in one that does not appear on the other and vice versa. In particular, the spreadsheets will detail services that are explicitly not BRT (which do not appear on the map) in order to be more research complete and prevent duplication of work. On the same note, the maps will capture infrastructure that is shorter than what we consider for the spreadsheet as well as stations. It is also intended that the infrastructure mapping will support more than just Europe, while the spreadsheets were originally intended to help with borderline BRT identification in Europe (a problem that is less pronounced in other regions). Attempts will be made to keep things consistent and in-sync between the spreadsheet and the maps.

Please be warned that the spreadsheets and maps are maintained separately and that only new cities for mapping are announced on the site changelog.

Regional Spreadsheets

Bus Rapid Transit Infrastructure in Europe

Maps and Cities

For ROW, we have four categories: Green (Grade Separated), Blue (Separate ROW or Physically separated via Curb), Orange (Physically separated but permeable, including bumpers and elevated roadways), and Red (Painted lane, Painted line, or signage only). To qualify as grade separated, the busway must be bus/rail only and no crossings are allowed at all, even at stations. If a ROW shifts between fully and partially grade separated, we just use Blue. For Stations, we use Green icons for all guideway stations regardless of quality as it would be needlessly tiring to manually classify the quality level of every single station. Note that stations with separate platforms have the icon placed roughly between them. Cities are alphabetized by English name within each region.

Only guided busways and alignments scoring 4 or higher in at least one direction on the 2016 BRT Standard are included. Physically separated curbside aligned busways are only included if they are connected to an existing busway. Corridors shared with tramways are typically not included (with the sole exception of Oberhausen and short shared sections) in order to limit the scope of this project to a reasonable scale.

Note Key for Stations:

  • [direction] Only - Station is only served in one direction, with no station in the other direction
  • [direction] Only on Busway - Station is only served in one direction on the Busway; a station may exist in dedicated lanes or mixed traffic in a different direction
  • [direction] Platform/Platform # - Station is split into multiple platforms that are too far away from one another to be able to use a single station icon
  • Shared with Tram/Light Rail - Station is served by both bus and tram or light rail
  • Not on Busway - Station not on busway infrastructure (station may be on curbside bus lanes, mixed traffic, etc. and is included only for completeness)

Cities with minimal infrastructure (no corridors of at least 1 km in length of two-way busway) will not be boldfaced. This is to prevent a small town with a 300m busway from being treated the same way as Almere or Bogotá.

Please note that Corridor/Network labels on stations are a work in progress. I didn't intend to provide them when the dataset was first created, and so the backfill will take time. In addition, if there's no good corridor/network to assign a station to, there won't be one provided (e.g. section too short; corridor has no official name but uses more than two streets, etc).