Updates for Transoeste and Metrobus Line 4

Rio’s Transoeste BRT corridor became operational in June. Photo by Mariana Gil / EMBARQ Brazil.

A version of this post was originally published in Portuguese on TheCityFix Brasil., which features more than 90 geographic, statistical and service-level indicators, released a fourth update on Thursday, adding information on new lines from Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro.

The website features the most comprehensive, public database of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world, launched on April 2 by the Across Latitudes and Cultures – Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence and EMBARQ (the producer of this blog), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency.

This fourth update—Version 1.10—includes data on 142 cities’ BRT systems, representing 23.5 million daily riders. Some key corridors added in this update include Mexico City’s MetroBús Line 4 and the first line of the newly opened Transoeste BRT in Rio de Janeiro. Transoeste’s inaugural line, the first of four to be rolled out by 2016, was launched with the technical support of EMBARQ Brazil.

The changes are listed in the Changelog of the website. Here are the highlights:

New corridors:

  • Blumenau: Rua São Paulo – Iguaçu / Henrique Classen
  • Mexico City: Línea 4 – Buenavista / San Lázaro / Aeropuerto
  • Rio de Janerio: Transoeste

Modifications to existing systems/corridors:

  • All Latin American systems: position of contra-flow lanes
  • Blumenau: # stations, station spacing, enhanced stations, pre-board fare collection and # trunk routes
  • Mauá – Diadema: daily demand
  • Mexico City: corridor service, integration terminals, transfer stations and fleet
  • Rio de Janerio: integration terminals and transfer stations, fleet
  • Santos: daily demand, commercial speed, frequency, fleet, # stations and station spacing
  • São Paulo, corridor Campo Limpo / Rebouças / Centro: daily demand and commercial speed

“This database helps researchers, transportation agencies, municipal authorities and NGOs to understand and make decisions to improve systems and BRT bus lanes in their cities,” says  Dario Hidalgo , director of research and practice for EMBARQ. will continue to publish new or updated data on the second Thursday of each month.

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