In many cities contemplating new light rail systems, bus rapid transit offers a cheaper, faster and more flexible solution.
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Long-overdue changes are afoot in Britain's bus networks.
As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, cities face crippling congestion if people shun crowded public transport. More frequent and faster services, using innovations like pop-up bus lanes, can avoid this.
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The government appears willing to roll over the contract with the operator of a third of Melbourne’s buses despite poor performance.
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No matter whether competitive tendering or negotiation is used, operators that do not meet clear and transparent service benchmarks should be shown the door.