People-Oriented Cities' founders were instrumental in spreading Bus Rapid Transit systems from their origins in Latin America to Asia, Africa, and the United States. We also worked with Transportation Alternatives and NYC DOT to initiate and promote the 14th Street Busway.
In recent years, BRT has lost its luster. Slow implementation, design compromises, poorly coordinated involvement of affected operators, and public confusion about what BRT is and isn't has led to some disillusionment. People-Oriented Cities will bring the world's leading expertise in BRT design and implementation right to cities or civil society groups needing technical support to design or appraise BRT efforts.
At the same time, real gains have been made by cities wanting to redesign their bus networks. However, citizens and cities are not always sure whether what they are getting will be better than before. People-Oriented Cities is working with the best bus service planning minds to help the public appraise route redesign efforts, standardize approaches, and better coordinate promotion.
Meanwhile, the success of the 14th St. Busway in New York is inspiring other cities to look at fully dedicating streets to buses to speed up buses and revitalize our urban areas. We can help cities find these opportunities and make these happen.
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