Case study of sustainable transport: The BRT in Curitiba, Brazil
Curitiba bendy bus. Credit: Thomas Locke Hobbs
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.