Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle Demand and Supply Analysis

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The Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle Demand and Supply Analysis report was sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and released in 2003.  The FTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Initiative supports demonstrations of BRT in selected cities across the United States.  The report presents data from interviews with transit properties about their BRT plans from 2002 to 2012.  The “demand” portion compiles information about the quantities of vehicles, delivery timing and vehicle preferences, such as vehicle type, dimensions, floor height, population, image and appearance, as well as supporting technologies, such as automated vehicle location (AVL), signal priority, cashless fares, and other infrastructure.  The “supply” discussions with manufactures emphasize the vehicles as part of a BRT system.  An aggregate view is developed about the ability to supply vehicles for BRT now and in the near future.  Implications are drawn from combining of the community and the manufacturer study results.  The implications concentrate on the preferences for vehicle characteristics and what issues the manufacturing sector may face with these preferences.  What emerges is a perspective on the vehicle features desired to support BRT plans, the factors affecting availability of the vehicles with these features, and a set of proximate topics that overlay the availability issues important for future industry dialog. 

For further information about this report contact Karen.Facen@dot.gov.

Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle Demand and Supply Analysis Report (PDF)

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