National Bus Rapid Transit Institute

Program Overview

CUTR hosts the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI), a renowned international program of training, technical assistance, research, and innovation in the field of BRT.  Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), NBRTI was created at CUTR in 2001 to serve as a resource to transit agencies, consultants, and government agencies that are planning, designing, engineering, building, or operating BRT systems.  NBRTI’s mission is “to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and innovation for increasing the speed, efficiency and reliability of high capacity bus service through the implementation of bus rapid transit systems.”  The Institute achieves this mission by serving as a clearinghouse for all current BRT-related information, providing technical assistance and conference support, conducting research and system evaluations, and testing/demonstrating innovative tools, technologies, or methodologies within the realm of BRT.  In addition to its work in the U.S., NBRTI has established enduring relationships with the international BRT community, and is known for disseminating worldwide knowledge on BRT “lessons learned” through workshops, conferences, publications, and research.  The Institute has participated in conferences and BRT site visits to Russia, China, India, Colombia, Mexico, and Ecuador, among others.

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