Transit Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA)
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.