Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) refers to high-end bus services that provide a fast, comfortable, and convenient way to travel.

BRT can include any or all of these features:

  • Dedicated bus lanes that allow buses to avoid traffic jams, making trips faster and more reliable.
  • Frequent and fast service so that riders don’t have to wait long for the next bus.
  • Longer hours to allow more people to ride.
  • Queue-jump lanes that can give buses a head start over cars, reducing the wait time at red lights.
  • Sleek, advanced buses that are safe, comfortable, and easier to board. These buses may be branded with a specific logo or identity to distinguish them from regular bus service.
  • Well-designed bus stations that provide shade structures, ticket machines, and real-time arrival information. These stations can be located next to the road or in the median. Stations can also be raised so they are level with the bus floor, allowing people with wheelchairs, strollers, or bikes to roll straight onto the bus.

Examples in Other Cities

Mountain Link Bus
  1. Eugene, Oregon
  2. Flagstaff, Arizona
  3. El Paso, Texas
  4. Fort Collins, Colorado

The Emerald Express (EmX) is a Bus Rapid Transit system linking downtown Eugene to downtown Springfield and including stops at the University of Oregon and Sacred Heart Medical Center. Over 60% of the route consists of dedicated bus lanes, allowing buses to avoid traffic congestion. This increases bus speed and reliability. The bus lanes consist of two concrete tire tracks surrounded by grass, which not only looks good but also allows rain to soak into the ground instead of running off.


Many EmX stations are located in the median, allowing passengers to easily travel in either direction, and buses have doors on both sides. Passengers buy their tickets from ticket machines at the stations using cash, debit cards, or credit cards. EmX stations are also raised to be level with the bus floor. This allows people with wheelchairs, strollers, and bikes to roll straight onto the bus, instead of having to use a retractable ramp like on most buses.


EmX buses arrive every 10 minutes during the day, 15 minutes during evenings and Saturdays, and 30 minutes on Sundays. After the success of the first EmX line, Eugene opened a second line in 2011, and more are planned.

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