Bus Rapid Transit System and Road Safety - International Best Pratices, Evaluation and Improvement

University essay from Linköpings universitet/Linköpings universitet/Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskapTekniska högskolan

Author: Wei Karlström Zhang; [2010]

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Abstract:

With the fast developing economy, the motorised level is rapidly getting higher, especially in Asian countries. As a result of this, urban traffic has become a serious problem that is doing harm to our daily life. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, as an effective solution, is being deployed worldwide. It combines the advantages of metro, light rail and also of conventional buses. BRT has big capacity, good service, and the most outstanding feature, high safety level for all road users.

This thesis starts with nowadays traffic problems and points out that Bus Rapid Transit, as a new type of public transit, is an effective remedy that can improve urban traffic. Then it introduces Bus Rapid Transit system, and its practices from selected countries. Both evaluation and improvement are made for better systems in the end of the chapter. The main part focuses on Bus Rapid Transit system's safety level in terms of affecting other road users. Various systems with different bus lane layouts are discussed and some suggestions are made to improve road safety for different layouts. In the last part, the thesis is concluded, and future expectation is left for further researches.

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