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Dr. Robert E. Paaswell
Herbert Levinson (Late)
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This study was undertaken to examine how to introduce bus rapid transit (BRT) in New York City.  In recent years, the idea of bus rapid transit – innovative bus services providing superior speed and convenience to traditional bus service – has attracted growing interest both here and across the United States.  The tremendously successful BRT systems in Bogotá, Colombia and Curitiba, Brazil, have stirred worldwide interest in whether BRT could be introduced elsewhere.  New York, where more passengers use buses than in the next five largest U.S. transit cities combined, has adopted many innovations over the last two decades to improve the quality of its existing bus service.  But it has been slow to integrate these into a systems approach.  The goals of this study were to determine suitable characteristics for a BRT system in NYC, and to identify candidate projects for immediate implementation.