Network Overview

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network supports city efforts in introducing, improving and transforming their cities’ BRT systems.

C4O cities emit over 300 million of tonnes of CO2 per year from the transportation sector, and transport emissions continue to grow. However, it is also a sector that presents many opportunities, as C40 mayors exercise strong powers over transportation through ownership or operational control of key transport assets. Cities have the opportunity to reduce their GHG emissions while improving urban mobility through the implementation of an efficient and cost-effective BRT system.

Bus Rapid Transit Network Focus Areas

Cities participating in the network have prioritized four focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies, strategies, ideas and challenges with one another. The focus areas are:

Benchmarking and measuring - developing and refining how cities are measuring BRT’s performance and impacts  

Communications - making the case for BRT introduction/expansion and communicating benefits

Clean buses - evaluating successes, challenges and targets for the use of low-emission bus technologies

Financing mechanisms and business models - ensuring financial sustainability, including issues such as fare payment systems, risk-sharing with operators, etc.

Technical and infrastructure issues - resolving the issue of left-turns, enforcement, physical design, etc.

The Network is supported through partnerships with two organizations that work to catalyze the development of sustainable transportation solutions: the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and EMBARQ. The Bus Rapid Transit Network is led by Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.

“When Chicago sought to implement bus rapid transit to connect diverse neighborhoods, increase high-quality transportation options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we looked to BRT examples from around the world, including Santiago, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires.  C40’s Bus Rapid Transit Network is connecting cities with common transportation goals, and network support is helping Chicago as we expand BRT solutions for residents, commuters, and visitors.”

Christopher Ziemann, Bus Rapid Transit Project Manager, Chicago Transit Authority