Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is a bus-based transit system that offers many of the same benefits of light rail transit, but is much more cost-effective and easier to adapt to changing travel patterns by adding or modifying routes. A properly designed BRT system is much faster and more reliable than local bus service.
Some design features of Bus Rapid Transit that contribute to faster travel times and greater reliability are:
-Bus only lanes
-Traffic signal priority (TSP)
-Limited stops (1/2 mile apart or more)
-Stations have raised platforms for level boarding
-Off-board ticketing or prepayment
This page offers many resources on Bus Rapid Transit, including factsheets of BRT in other U.S. cities, a benefits section, and a video of what BRT may look like.