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Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (BRT CoE)

About Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (BRT CoE)

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT CoE) is a Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit Studies implemented in Santiago, Chile, and financed by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF).

It was established in May of 2010 and is working as a consortium of five institutions that include Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Technical University of Lisbon, The University of Sydney and EMBARQ – The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, including its network of centers of sustainable transport.

The main goal of this Centre of Excellence is to develop a new framework for planning, design, financing, implementation and operation of BRT in different urban areas, giving clear guidelines to decision makers on when and how BRT projects can effectively enhance mobility and meet accessibility needs. These guidelines will be a major milestone to change the way decision makers address investment and design plans for configuring urban mobility systems. An essential goal of the BRT CoE is to identify elements which are transferable between existing and prospective BRT systems and elements that are project site specific.

Contact information:

Ignacia Torres
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Av. Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul
Santiago, Chile

Location: Santiago, Chile

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Juan Carlos Muñoz (
Ignacia Torres (

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