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Guangzhou BRT

updated: 20 August 2019    Full page map    Guangzhou BRT photos

Peak throughput (passengers / hr / direction): 23,500  17-Mar-17, east of Shidajida station, AM peak east-west   
BRT Standard score: SILVER  81.1. 3 point deductions, scored: 24-Feb-2022   
Year system commenced: 2010  Opened 10 February   
System name: GBRT   
Number of BRT stations: 26   
Segregated busways or bus-only roadways:    
Pre-board fare collection and fare verification:    


Peak throughput (passengers / hr / direction): 23,500  17-Mar-17, east of Shidajida station, AM peak east-west   
Peak buses / hr / direction: 254  Shidajida station, surveys March 2017   
AM peak speed (full corridor, peak direction): 19.8km/hr  B1, Xiayuan to Tiyu Zhongxin, 21,23 Jul, 30,31 Aug, 1,2,3 Sep 2021   
PM peak speed (full corridor, peak direction): 20.6km/hr  B1, Tiyu Zhongxin to Xiayuan, 21,23 Jul, 30,31 Aug, 1,2 Sep 2021   
BRT system coverage (2-way roads) (1 fare): 273 km   
Operational mode: direct-service   
Routes operating both inside & outside BRT roads: 44  Including short & express route variations   
Routes operating only in busway corridors: 2  B1 and B1 Express   
System passenger-trips per day: 850,000  May 2014 weekday average. Does not include transfers inside stations   
Average bus occupancy (peak direction & point): 87   
Highest peak hour boardings at a single station: 8,500  Tangxia in morning peak & Gangding in evening peak, Aug-2010   
Highest full-day boardings at a single station: 55,000  Gangding station, 26-Feb-10   
Major prizes: 2011 Sustainable Transport Award; multiple national & international awards   
Network of routes and corridors     
High peak period operational speed (>20km/hr)     
Buses operating both in & out of BRT corridors     
Most bus passengers in BRT corridors carried by BRT buses     
Net time saving for bus passengers in corridor     

Vehicles & ITS

Fleet of special BRT buses: 130  36 18m, 94 12m   
Fleet of regular buses using BRT stations: 859   
Fleet of 18m or larger BRT buses: 36   
Type of fare collection / verification technology: Card, cash, Alipay, Wechat   
Location of bus doorways: Right side  traffic is on the right   
Number of doors in BRT buses: 2-3  2 in 12m, 3 in 18m buses   
BRT vehicle length: 12m, 18m   
No. of seats in 12m BRT buses: 36  Some have 28 seats   
No. of seats in 18m BRT buses: 47   
BRT vehicle fuel: LPG, hybrid   
BRT bus manufacturer: Kinglong, Yutong  Kinglong is based in Xiamen   
Fare system vendor: Jiangsu Huimin   
Sliding door system vendor: Jiangsu Huimin   
Real-time next bus information displays     
Distinctive BRT buses     Though only some routes have special BRT buses
Sliding doors in BRT stations     
Low-emission vehicle technology (≥Euro III)     All are LPG except 156 LNG buses introduced Dec 2012
Automated fare collection and fare verification     
System control centre     
High-quality passenger information on buses     
Audio announcements on BRT buses     
Real-time CCTV surveillance at all stations     


BRT Standard score: SILVER  81.1. 3 point deductions, scored: 24-Feb-2022   
Year system commenced: 2010  Opened 10 February   
System name: GBRT   
Lead local design / planning work: Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design Research Institute   
Project website:   
Distinctive marketing identity for system     Guangzhou BRT or GBRT

Electric buses

Fleet of pure e-buses 12m or less: 202  2018   BRT operation study report (2018)
Fleet of pure e-buses more than 12m: 36  2020.07, Zhongche, 18m   source
E-bus percentage of fleet in BRT buses: >91%  2020.07   source
Number of seats in e-buses: 32  18m Zhongche   
Number of e-bus charging position: 5600  2021.12, this is the minimum quantity, for all e-buses, not only for BRT buses   source
E-bus battery capacity (kWh): 563.83 kwh (Zhongche 18m), 313.34 kwh (Guangqi 12m)  2021
E-bus battery material: lithium iron phosphate  2020.07, Zhongche, Kaiwo, Zixiang, Guangqi   source
E-bus battery vendor: CATL, BYD  2020.07, Comtemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited 18m ; 2021, BYD 12m   source
BRT e-bus manufacturer: Zhongche, Kaiwo, Zixiang, Guangqi  2020.07, CRRC (18m); Kaiwo, Zixiang, Guangqi (12m)   
Charging equipment vendor: Telaidian, Jiedian Tong  2021, Tgood New Energy Co., Ltd;   
Main type of charging: overnight slow charging  2020.07, less than 5 hours for full charging   source
Electricity supplier: China Southern Power Grid   
Max. charging service fee for 12m e-buses: 1 yuan / kwh  start from 2017, last for 2 years, max. service fee is 1 yuan / kwh   source

Speed refers to sections of routes operating inside BRT corridors, with samples from all corridors
 B1路  B1路快线


Number of BRT stations: 26   
Stations with functioning passing lanes: 100%  All stations have passing lanes   
Most station substops: 4  Tiyu Zhongxin & Shidajida Stations   
Location of busway lanes: Centre of roadway   
Longest BRT station (non terminal): 285m  Shidajida, 4-module facing. Gangding 380m incl walkways   
Shortest BRT station: 55m  Xiasha Station (one module facing)   
Total length of dedicated busway: 22.5 km   
Length including mixed traffic portions: 22.5 km   
Station platform width (including walls & doors): 5m   
Station platform height: 35cm   
Average distance between stations: 880m   
Number of corridors: 1  Zhongshan Avenue   
Number of BRT terminals: 0  Operational model does not require special BRT terminals   
Segregated busways or bus-only roadways     
Enhanced station (more than just a bus shelter)     
Overtaking lanes at more than 75% of stations     
Bike sharing in vicinity of BRT stations     
Wheelchair accessible stations     
Distinctive BRT stations     
>1 substop at >75% of stations (requires overtaking)     
Includes BRT-only tunnels or bridges     
>1 stop position at stopping area at >75% of stations     
Stations away from intersections     
Station size based on passenger demand     
Full weather protection on most station platforms     
Full weather protection on all station platforms     
Covered station access     
Escalators/lifts at >20% of stations with bridges/tunnels     
Signal priority or grade separation at intersections     
Level boarding and alighting     some buses have a step
High-quality passenger information at stations     Though hard to understand for visitors
Bicycle parking at BRT stations     Though not at all stations
Segregated bike lanes along main corridor(s)     Yes, but encroached upon in some areas
Improvements to nearby public space     Liuyun Xiaoqu, Tangdong, several other locations
Physical BRT laneway dividers     

Regulation & costs

Fare type (flat fare or distance-based): flat fare   
Median cash fare: 2 yuan   
Median smart card fare: ~1.5 yuan  Discounts for multiple trips   
Fare range (cash payment): 2 yuan   
Infrastructure cost per km: $7,672,668  2013 value. 30 million yuan at Jul-09 rate   
BRT bus operator(s): No. 1 Bus Co, No. 2 Bus Co., No. 3 Bus Co., Zhenbao, Xinsui, Dianche, Xinfuli   
BRT management agency: Bus Rapid Transit Operation and Management Co., Ltd   
Operating hours: 5:30am-11:00pm  Some routes start later and end earlier   
Infrastructure financing source: City Government   
More than one BRT bus operator     7 companies, 3 groups
Pre-board fare collection and fare verification     
Competitively bid operating contracts     
Payment per bus-kilometre rather than per passenger     
No operational subsidy from government     BRT is subsidized, but for the citywide low fare policy
Buses paid for by operators rather than government     
Oversight from an independent entity/agency     BRT management company
BRT authority plans and controls the system     Public Transport Management Office (planning) and BRT Management Co. (control)

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