Global BRTData


About Global BRTData

The BRTData gathers information on Bus Rapid Transit – BRT and bus priority systems in cities around the world. The platform is source of research for academics, journalists, students and municipal technicians, as well as provides technical background for decision making regarding public transport.

The data presented contemplate full BRT systems (dedicated bus lanes, unique brand, platform-level boarding, pre-board fare collection, and real time user information) and priority bus systems: cities with dedicated bus lanes, bus without some of the elements of a BRT. The website allows the user to know the systems and corridors of each city, compare indicators and generate graphs.

The BRTData was developed by Across Latitudes and Cultures – Bus Rapid Transit (ALC-BRT), a center of excellence (CoE) in BRT, and by WRI, with collaboration of the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems and BRT (SIBRT) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The platform is monthly updated with reliable data and verified 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 a bus corridor?

An improved bus corridor is a section of road or contiguous roads served by one or multiple bus routes with a minimum length of 3 kilometers that has segregated or exclusive bus lane. If the segregated bus lane is curb aligned one of the following elements need to be present: (1) pre-board fare collection; (2) dynamic signal priority; (3) low or high platform-level boarding; (4) brand and logo.

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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