Recognising that a bus-based transit system in general and Bus Rapid Transit in particular are central to sustainable development of cities; many Asian cities have planned Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRTS) as an integral element of their urban transport strategy. BRTS has been able to provide high quality rapid transit service at much lesser cost than rail based transit modes. As a result, several cities across the world have been experimenting with different form of BRT. Within Asia, more than 40 cities are operating/developing BRTS with varying degrees of success and many more are at various stages of planning and implementation.


BRTS being a relatively new mode, sharing of practical knowledge on BRTS planning, operations and management across Asian cities would go a long way in helping to build capacities of cities where BRTS is still in its development phase. While most of the discussion around BRTS has tended to focus on - architectural and engineering aspects (cross-sections, transit infrastructure, pavement design etc), there is potential for far greater learning from cities on aspects like ensuring stakeholder involvement, branding and communication strategy, network selection, operations planning, development of integrated systems etc.

Sharing of BRTS experience across Asian cities would therefore help build capacity in developing cities as well as create a pan-Asian forum to leverage exchange of ideas, best practices and technological innovations. This 'Asia BRTS Conference' is expected to be the first step in building an 'Asian BRTS Community', an initiative kick-started by the first Asia BRTS Conference held in Ahmedabad in September 2012.

The conference has the following objectives:
  • To share knowledge of innovative ideas and projects related to BRTS
  • To exchange experiences from peer Asian cities during various phases of BRTS planning, implementation and operations
  • To provide an enabling platform for the key stakeholders (government policy makers, transport planners, city officials, experts, multimodal public transport operators and service providers associated with BRTS) in Asia to share knowledge and experiences, discuss emerging issues and promote the development of sustainable and inclusive transport systems and services.

NEWS & Events
  • Upcoming Event:

    3rd Asia BRTS Conference 2016

    'BRTS – Towards Sustainable Mobility' which aims to highlight the role of BRTS in attaining sustainable mobility, by offering quality public transportation that is viable, sustainable and affordable for cities.

  • Venue

    01 to 03 December 2016

    Pune – Pimpri –Chinchwad

Asia BRTS Conference Highlights

Organized By

Partners & Associates

Pune Municipal Corporation

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited

Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Urban Transport