EL PASO EXTENDS BUS RAPID TRANSIT

By Kevin Wilcox

Brio is defined as energy and confidence, and the bright chartreuse, blue, and white buses and stations that encompass the Brio bus rapid transit (BRT) line in the City of El Paso, Texas, certainly embodies those concepts. Opened in 2014, the line has been so popular that it is now being extended to serve a key eastern portion of the city.

BRT systems are becoming increasingly popular in the United States because they provide riders with the predetermined routes and reliability of light-rail without the exorbitant, $60- to $100- construction costs of rail. The systems originated in Brazil in the 1970s and quickly spread throughout Latin America, where they remain extremely popular more than 40 years later.

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