Bus Rapid Transit

What is BRT?


Bus Rapid Transit brings faster-than-ever service to major corridors that would significantly reduce travel times, benefiting multiple areas across the region. BRT combines limited stops (stops every ½-mile to 1-mile instead of every few hundred feet), dedicated bus lanes, off-board fare payment, raised platform bus stations, smart traffic signals, and larger buses to save a substantial amount of travel time.  

• BRT operates 50% of its route in designated bus-only-lanes.
• Frequent, regular service (every 12-15 minutes)
• Stops spaced further apart for faster travel times
• Designated shelters and stations
• Traffic signal priority
• Larger vehicles
• Off-board fare payment
• More amenities: comfortable seats, Wi-Fi, real-time screens


Where would Cincinnati BRT go?


Reinventing Metro will implement BRT on two of the following four possible corridors:

1.     Glenway Avenue
2.     Hamilton Avenue
3.     Montgomery Road
4.     Reading Road



Where does BRT already exist?


Nearby transit providers that utilize BRT include Cleveland, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Other examples throughout the U.S. include Boston; Houston; Minneapolis; Hartford, Connecticut; and Las Vegas among numerous others. A new BRT system will soon debut in Milwaukee.



How does BRT benefit the economy?


These systems are proven drivers of economic development. In fact, Cleveland's HealthLine delivered more than $9.5 billion in economic development — a staggering $190 gained for every dollar spent on creating and launching the BRT service.