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BRT vs LRT: how do they match up?

Ross Clark, a rail performance manager for Transport Scotland, has reviewed the evidence pertaining to 80 LRT schemes and nearly 60 BRT schemes using three separate measures of performance and another of capital cost to better understand the cost-performance relationship

Ross Clark


Over the last few years, there has been a lot of argument about the respective advantages of LRT (light rail transit) over BRT (bus rapid transit), and occasionally vice-versa. Little of this debate has actually shed much light on the subject, however, not least because many of the comparisons made have actually been quite selective. Writing off BRT as being “LRT on the cheap” does not actually identify where BRT might work best, any more than highlighting the cost blowouts of many...

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