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What do BRT station designs say about cities?




Part 1: South America

For the those that don’t know, BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit and was first implemented with huge success in Curitiba in 1974. They broadly consist of segregated bus ways (where space allows), supported by large buses e.g. 18m articulated buses, which align with BRT stations along a specific route.

In Cape Town we like to call our MyCiTi Bus project, IRT, or Integrated Rapid Transit, as it aims fills in all the gaps in public transport left by the ailing urban rail network, Metrorail, and other forms of transport.

As BRT systems are becoming a very important, affordable and quick addition to cities’ public transport systems around the world, we showcase some of the different BRT station designs around the world.

So with part one, we’ll start at the birth place of BRT, South America!

Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by weihsiu)

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Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by i-sustain)

Transmilenio Bogotá, Colômbia. (Photo by source)

Transmilenio Bogotá, Colômbia. (Photo by Bharat)

Metroplús Medellín, Colômbia. (Photo by Metroplús S.A)

Metroplús Medellín, Colômbia. (Photo by Jan Erick Del Castillo)

Metrovia Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Photo by sologuayacos)

Tromerca Mérida, Venezuela. (Photo by source)

Which are you favourite?

Next up we’ll look more north.

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Rouen Smit

Future Cape Town Co-Founder

Future actuary working at a company based in Cape Town. Love open water swimming. Love taking public transport and feeling the city.

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    I love the Trolmerida’s design – particularly paired with electric (quiet) buses.. however my all-time favourite station design (that I have seen) are the ones in Johanesburg.

    • My fav ones are the Metroplús Medellín in Colombia. 🙂

      Cape Town’s stations are quite similar to Johannesburgs.

      Where are you from if I may ask?