FasterWith Bus Rapid Transit
Fast-growing metropolises all over the world have the same problem: crowded streets due to increasing individual traffic. An efficient and flexible passenger transport system such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provides a remedy.
At the core of BRT is line service with buses that run on separate lanes and are thus capable of transporting a large number of people from the outskirts to the city center in a fast and reliable way. One way of implementing BRT in a particularly cost-effective manner is based on low-floor buses. Since buses with ZF low-floor axle systems also allow for step-free boarding and disembarking at standard bus stops, it is no longer necessary to build special platform bus stops. Moreover, the center aisle is designed without a platform or steps. This cuts stopping times at bus stops approximately by half. In this form, BRT is superior to rail-based local transport because the construction and maintenance costs are lower, planning and construction times are shorter, and expansion is easier. Worldwide, low-floor buses with ZF technology provide the BRT concept with important advantages.
Low-floor technology by ZF enables powerful BRT systems:
- Beijing: In the run-up to the Olympic Games 2008, the Chinese capital once again extended its BRT lines. As a result, 350 BRT buses with ZF low-floor technology are in service across three routes. Today, 21 BRT lines in China rely on ZF axles.
- Istanbul: More than 2,000 buses equipped with ZF low-floor technology will drive on the roads of Turkey‘s metropolis’ by 2013.
- Seoul: Approximately 1,900 BRT buses with ZF low-floor axles are currently in service on the roads of the South Korean metropolis.
- Taipei: More than 1,400 city buses in Taiwan‘s capital are driving with ZF low-floor axles.
- South America: More than 2,000 fully low-floor buses are currently in service in different South American cities. South America is considered to be the region of origin of BRT systems.