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Key Characteristics

  • Vehicle

    • High quality, modern, attractive and comfortable vehicles
    • Fully accessible for wheelchairs, prams and mobility impaired persons
    • 18m single articulated vehicle with multiple doors to facilitate fast boarding and alighting and increase reliability
    • Capacity for 120 persons per vehicle
  • Stops

    • High quality design, with amenities similar to Luas as standard
    • Level boarding from stop platforms on and off the vehicles
    • Stops conveniently located to optimise catchment accessibility and service reliability
    • Off-board ticketing through vending machines at stops and Leap Card ticket validation
    • Real Time Passenger Information
  • Segregation & Priority

    • High quality, smooth and level running surface
    • High level of separation from normal traffic
    • Uses shared Bus/BRT lane or own BRT lane
    • Priority at traffic signals and junctions
  • Integration

    • Development of a network of routes and services
    • Interchanges and links with other transport nodes at key points
    • Safe access to and from stops for both walking and cycling
    • Cycling facilities provided at stops
    • Integrated ticketing
  • Branding / Attractiveness

    • Own distinctive brand identity to set it apart from conventional bus services
    • Vehicles to have attractive livery matching the brand identity
    • Coordinated use of the BRT brand at stops and on information material
    • Purpose of branding is to promote a strong public and visual presence for the BRT service
  • Cost

    • Construction is generally about 1⁄4 to 1/3 of the cost of a light rail system
    • The construction period for BRT is often shorter than for light rail meaning that the benefits can be delivered sooner
    • Typically reduced costs in relation to land and property costs as the BRT system will predominantly operate on the existing road network
    • Avoids major relocation of utilities and track construction

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