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Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid TransitAn international and interdisciplinary perspective$
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Juan Carlos Munoz and Laurel Paget-Seekins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326168.001.0001

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Designing BRT-oriented development

Designing BRT-oriented development

(p.181) Ten Designing BRT-oriented development
Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit

Chris Zegras

Anson Stewart

Rosanna Forray

Rocío Hidalgo

Cristhian Figueroa

Fábio Duarte

Jan Wampler

Policy Press

This chapter describes prospects for BRT-oriented development (BRTOD), using results from a semester-long graduate level planning course, co-taught at MIT and PUC. BRTOD aims to capitalise on the benefits that mass transit can bring to cities, including the possibilities to leverage improved accessibility, enhance agglomeration economies, address regional equity, and structure urban growth towards lower automobile dependency. As a road- and tyre-based transit mode, BRT has particular characteristics, which both enhance and impair its TOD potentials. The student proposals, based on corridor-long assessments in Santiago de Chile and Boston (MA, USA), show that strategic BRTOD planning should extend beyond pure mobility provision to examine ways to include innovative urban design, connect educational and economic clusters, proactively anticipate and mitigate potential displacement of low income communities, and coordinate across sectors and jurisdictions to maximize benefits and minimize costs.

Keywords:   transit oriented development, urban design, planning, santiago de chile, boston

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