Improvements in sustainable transport improve health outcomes by decreasing air
Passengers save a combined 32 million hours each year on daily commutes, with 850,000 average
Higher bus speeds and fewer bus kilometres, provide operational savings, which also result in
a projected average annual saving of 84,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year over the first
10 years of the activity.
A recent impact analysis study found that the Guangzhou BRT system reduces 14 tons of the
particulate matter emissions that cause respiratory illness on an average annual basis.
The BRT delivers significant environmental benefits for all residents of the city of
Guangzhou (population 13 million).
Over 850,000 people now use this much-enhanced bus service every day. The immediate
neighborhoods surrounding the BRT include “urban villages” where many low-income
immigrants live and the BRT system improves their mobility.
Improvements in sustainable transport improve economic outcomes for the city overall by
lowering the cost of travel, giving improved access to jobs, and decreasing congestion for
A recent Impact Analysis Study found several different significant local benefits to City of
Guangzhou residents, especially those whom travel on this corridor:
• Travel times on the corridor have improved for motorists and bus riders along the
corridor 20 per cent and 29 per cent respectively;
• Quality of bus service has improved dramatically with the implementation of real
time bus info, new stations;
• Thirty per cent higher bus speeds, resulting in an average time saving of 6.63 minutes
per BRT trip, or 88,000 passenger-hours per day, or more than 30 million passenger-hours
saved each year;
• Reduction by half for out-of-pocket bus trip costs for passengers, from 4.9 yuan
(December 2009) to 2.6 yuan (August 2010);
• A 15 percent decrease in bus waiting times along the BRT
• A 50% increase in cycling along the BRT corridor in the highest demand locations.
The Guangzhou BRT system is scalable at national and international levels.
Nationally: ITDP, which led the planning of the activityin partnership with the City of
Guangzhou, is currently working on replicating the activity in several other
Chinese cities. A new BRT corridor is about to open in Lanzhou and many more projects are in
development and planning, including Yichang, which will begin construction in 2013, having
been directly influenced by the Guangzhou BRT system.
Internationally: The success of the Guangzhou BRT system is spurring BRT planning and design
all over Asia and beyond. Study tours from multiple nations and multi-lateral institutions
like the Asian Development Bank are ongoing in Guangzhou to learn from this design. As
of October 2012, ITDP has hosted more than 65 visiting delegations to the Guangzhou BRT
system and related improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and public space
projects such as greenways.