Case study of sustainable transport: The BRT in Curitiba, Brazil

A long bendy red bus
Curitiba bendy bus. Credit: Thomas Locke Hobbs
A bus station with a bendy bus waiting outside
Curitiba bus system - a bus stop

Curitiba is the capital city of the Parana state in Brazil. Nearly 2 million people live there. The city has had an urban master plan since 1968. Part of the plan is the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System.

  • It was the first city in Brazil to have dedicated bus lanes.
  • A bus rapid transit system operates. This is cheaper to run than a tube system. Some employers subsidise their employees who use it.
  • 80 per cent of travellers use the BRT.
  • The bus rapid transit system uses triple section bendy buses. It carries 2 million passengers a day.
  • The bus fare is the same wherever you go.
  • No one lives more than 400 metres from a bus stop.
  • Urban growth is restricted to corridors of growth - along key transport routes. Tall buildings are allowed only along bus routes.
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