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This video makes the case for Bus Rapid Transit systems and in particular highlihts the benefits the




This video makes the case for Bus Rapid Transit systems and in particular highlihts the benefits the IRT (Integrated Rapid Transity) system will have in Cape Town. Rail will remain the backbone in Cape Town, with the BRT system and integrated NMT components, linking various parts of the city. Phase 1A alone will allow for a trip from Khayelitsha to the West Coast e.g. taking a train Woodstock from Khayelitsha, and taking the IRT bus to any stop along the West Coast.

Bus Rapid Transit tends to have three critical components.  It has exclusive lanes on the street.  The bus lane is physically separated from the rest of the traffic so that it can bypass the traffic congestion.  The second really critical element of the Bus Rapid Transit system is the station.  The station is generally up on a platform that’s at the same level as the floor of the bus.  You pay when you enter the station, you can get on all the doors of the bus at the same time.  The next really critical piece is try to give the buses some priority at the intersection.  Usually that means you restrict the turning movements across the bus way, maybe, or changing the signal phasing.

The full article and transcript can be read here