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Yichang, China launches BRT for half a million daily passengers

Yichang's BRT system will feature 37 stations over a 23 km route when completed in early 2016. (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy)

Yichang, China has launched a major bus rapid transit, or BRT, system for a half million daily passengers. According to the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, the project is mostly funded by an Asian Development Bank loan. The network, which debuted July 15, will feature a 23 km (14.3 mile) route and 37 stations when complete in early 2016. It is expected to slash travel times by about a third and ease congestion. 

Data on, a website that compiles bus rapid transit statistics, indicate that the Yichang system will quickly become among the world’s largest if it hits its ridership targets.

But some Chinese cities boast larger networks. Guangzhou’s BRT accommodates 850,000 riders daily while Zhengzhou serves 650,000, The data is incomplete for Beijing’s four BRT lines. Taipei has more than a million daily passengers.

With a metro population of four million, Yichang is “mid-sized” by China’s standards. Its BRT is on par with several South America cities. Bogotá, Colombia and Belo Horizonte and Recife, Brazil are each at or near the 500,000 passenger mark, says.

The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, based in New York, teams with developing cities on transport solutions.


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