Squaring the circle: The BHLS concept

López Lambas, María Eugenia and Valdés Serrano, Cristina (2010). Squaring the circle: The BHLS concept. In: "European Transport Conference, ETC 2010", 11/10/2010 - 13/10/2010, Glasgow, Escocia.


Title: Squaring the circle: The BHLS concept
  • López Lambas, María Eugenia
  • Valdés Serrano, Cristina
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: European Transport Conference, ETC 2010
Event Dates: 11/10/2010 - 13/10/2010
Event Location: Glasgow, Escocia
Title of Book: Proceedings of the European Transport Conference
Date: 2010
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transportes [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The transport systems known as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was launched in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1974 as a means of offering efficient and effective bus travel within the fast expanding city. This experience, together with other big examples like in Ottawa (since 1983) or in Quito (since 1994), have proven to be an efficient and effective solution to mass transport. Throughout Europe similar experiences have started to be developed, but responding to a different concept of quality of service. Bus systems such as the “trunk network”, in Sweden, the Metrobus, in Germany, or the BHNS (Bus à Haut Niveau de Service), broach the quality of service from a wider perspective than the BRT, as it considers aspects such as image, confort...,apart from speed, frequency or reliability. These new systems - BHLS (Buses with a High Quality of Service) - allow to combine quality of service of tramways with the lower costs and higher flexibility of bus systems, and offers very interesting solutions in terms of accessibility, a wide range of service levels, that allows the system to be adapted to the different urban contexts (size, population, density…) In the economic situation we are now living, the lack of funds provides BHLS an important role in public transport. Less costs with the same quality of service seems to be a very attractive option. The aim of this article is to compare the different European experiences of tramways and BHLS, specially from the economic point of view, considering the costs, benefits and advantages of each of them.

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Item ID: 9300
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/9300/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:9300
Official URL: http://www.etcproceedings.org/paper/squaring-the-circle-the-bhls-concept
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Oct 2011 10:18
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 18:11
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