First Bus Rapid Transit System in Argentina Launches in Buenos Aires

Dedicated Bus Lanes Set to Increase Public Transportation Use and Reduce Emissions 

Buenos Aires, a C40 city, announced that a bus rapid transit (BRT) system -- the first in Argentina -- went into operation today. BRT systems are networks of dedicated fast-lanes and stations for high-capacity buses, which can provide a clean and affordable alternative to cars and taxis.

Buenos Aires’ BRT system, known as Metrobus, includes 12.5km of bus lanes that are estimated to increase public transportation use by up to 15 percent in the areas it serves. By reducing bus fuel use by 30 percent as well as related CO2 emissions, it directly improves city air quality. Once fully implemented, the project will reduce passenger travel time by 40 percent during peak hours.

Together with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), we supported the project by providing technical, financial and operational advice. Our two organizations work in partnership with cities around the world to improve their public transportation systems -- and last year helped Johannesburg develop the first BRT system in Africa.

“The implementation of Metrobus in Buenos Aires, the first BRT corridor in Argentina, represents significant progress in the development of urban transportation, allowing for an increased quality of life of more than 100,000 people,” said Mauricio Macri, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires.