Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services via dedicated lanes and frequent operations.
While BRT often looks different in each area it's implemented, it generally contains features similar to a light rail or metro system and is therefore more reliable, convenient, and faster than regular bus services.
With the right features, BRT is able to avoid the causes of delay that typically slow regular bus services, like being stuck in traffic and queuing to pay on board.
In some systems, BRT buses run in dedicated lanes and stop at stations where riders pay before boarding the bus. Buses running on BRT lines may also receive traffic signal priority to speed them along. More modern fixtures include diesel-alternatives, like hybrid-electric or full electric buses and stations with realtime bus location information.