Recommended Practice

Bus Rapid Transit Service Design


This Recommended Practice provides guidance for the planning and design of the BRT service, including routing, service hours and frequencies and service issues related to scheduling and operations. Included are general service design principles and practices and specific service design issues related to various types of BRT facilities and approaches.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA BTS-BRT-RP-004-10 10/1/2010 Published Current


 bus rapid transit (BRT), design, headway, planning, routing, scheduling, service frequency, service hours


 BRT is a suite of elements that create a high-quality rapid transit experience using rubber-tired vehicles. This experience often includes a high degree of performance (especially speed and reliability), ease of use, careful attention to aesthetics and comprehensive planning that includes associated land uses. BRT
seeks to meet or exceed these characteristics through the careful application of selected elements.

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