Recommended Practice

Designing Bus Rapid Transit Running Ways


This recommended practice provides guidance on the design of running ways for bus rapid transit (BRT) services.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA BTS-BRT-RP-003-10 Rev. 1 12/11/2020 Published Current
APTA BTS-BRT-RP-003-10 10/1/2010 Published Superseded


BRT, bus rapid transit, busway, geometry, queue bypass lane, queue jump, running way, guideway


Bus rapid transit (BRT) service creates a premium rapid transit experience using rubber-tired vehicles. The running way is one of the elements of BRT service that serves to distinguish it from other bus services. This recommended practice provides guidance on the design of various types of BRT running ways for planners, transit agencies, local governments, developers and others interested in developing new BRT systems or enhancing existing BRT systems.
This document is part of a suite of recommended practices covering the key elements that comprise BRT service.  Because BRT elements perform best when working together as a system, this document may reference others in this series of recommended practices. Users of this document are advised to review all guidance documents to better understand how different BRT elements are interrelated in delivering a high impact transit project.

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BRT Roadway/Infrastructure Design & Best Practices White Paper (February 2024)

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