Analysis of Fuels and Propulsion System Options for BRT

September 2004

This analysis revealed that a significant percentage of those planning to implement BRT service seek vehicle and propulsion system features, such as low-emission and hybrid electric systems, that are unlike those commonly used on bus systems of the past.  These new features are attracting new riders in addition to those who ordinarily take transit, thereby reducing the number of private vehicles on the road.  This reduction, combined with the use of cleaner fuels and technologies on BRT vehicles, helps improve air quality and reduce dependence on foreign oil.  BRT is particularly intriguing in this aspect because it can provide the cleaner, quieter, and faster bus service that transit operators seek while also offering a cleaner and more environmentally friendly bus service.

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