California Department of Transportation

Transit Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA)


Bradley Mizuno

Project Description

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers high quality public transportation that provides options to personal vehicles, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and promotes transit-oriented development.   One of the main features of a BRT system is having dedicated bus lanes which operate separately from all other traffic modes, therefore allows buses to run at a very high level of reliability. However, this is the most costly component in a BRT system.  Narrowing bus lanes by two feet could reduce the right-of-way cost, but raises safety concerns, which as a result, slows down the transit speed.  ITS technologies are needed to enable buses to operate accurately along narrowly defined paths and to precisely dock at bus stops, providing “rail-like” features that enhance efficiency, safety and quality of BRT service.

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