Global BRTData


About Global BRTData

The BRTData is a Project of Across Latitudes and Cultures – Bus Rapid Transit (ALC-BRT), a Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit. The platform construction and data collect are the result of a partnership between the ALC-BRT members, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems and BRT (SIBRT). Currently, the BRTData is managed and updated by WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities.






What types of bus systems are included in includes information about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, Buses with a High Level of Service (BHLS) as well as improved bus corridors.

What is Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT?

BRT is a system that (i) operates with wheels on road surface and has (ii) high operational speed, (iii) good frequency, and (iv) low headway, while including a unique (v) marketing identity. BRT enables efficient travel by flexibly combining stations, vehicles, services, running ways, and intelligent transportation (ITS) elements into an integrated system with a strong brand that evokes a unique identity.

What are Buses with a High Level of Service (BHLS)?

The Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) is the adaptation of the concept of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to the European context, where the mass transit function is already delivered by metros and tramways. BHLS is a bus system offering better services than conventional bus lines in terms of frequency, travel time, reliability, comfort and accessibility, through adopting a segregated infrastructure with appropriate operational conditions. BHLS also aims to provide more comfort to users. More information about BHLS can be found here.

What is an improved bus corridor?

An improved bus corridor is a length of urban road operated by buses that make use of any form of bus priority schemes (e.g. bus lanes, control of traffic lights) along at least half of its overall length.

Where does the data on come from?

Data from many sources, including transit agencies or associations of transit agencies, governments, researchers or NGOs, has been aggregated by our data partners. The data may be collected from websites, publications, conversations with experts, or direct observation. In instances where multiple sources of published data contradicts each other, defers to data from transit agencies, governments or peer-reviewed publications. The most current data available is used wherever possible.

What is the quality of the data on

Data quality varies significantly. Generally, data in is drawn from reputable national and international sources. However, some of the data has inherent weaknesses, including significant uncertainties.

How is the data licensed?

See our Terms of Use section.

How do I cite BRTData?

BRT Centre of Excellence, EMBARQ, IEA and SIBRT. “Global BRTData.” Version 0.00. Last modified: date. Available at:

The version number is available here.

How do I contribute data?

If you are interested in becoming a data sharing partner, please contact us.

How do I provide feedback?

Please report any data inconsistencies or other comments using the link below. Provide a brief description and include the location and indicators affected if appropriate.

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Who do I contact for press inquiries?

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