Designing and modelling Havana’s future bus rapid transit

Warren, James and Ortegon-Sanchez, Adriana (2015). Designing and modelling Havana’s future bus rapid transit. Proceedings of the Insitution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, 169(2) pp. 104–119.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1680/jurdp.15.00015

Abstract

A single bus route in Havana’s bus system is modelled from the current position to a modernised bus rapid transit (BRT). The system is based on an expert-led visioning process and Cuba’s official planning documents, which define the high-level design criteria and their objectives. Building on the experiences of BRT systems that operate in other Latin American cities, a conceptual design for Havana’s BRT system is defined in terms of the key institutional, technical and financial frameworks, and physical criteria that need to be considered. Based on the application of the conceptual design for Havana’s BRT, a model for a single BRT route was constructed and modelled for emissions and capacity. The current situation and a future BRT scenario are modelled using a single bus route. The scenarios demonstrate that the current bus route with a BRT system can lead to lower overall emissions. The model suggests that if properly designed, Havana’s BRT system has a realistic potential for providing, in a cost-efficient manner, the improvements in accessibility, employment generation, fuel efficiency and air quality required for achieving Havana’s sustainable transport vision. The study finds critical factors, including the finance and business operating model, capability and planning.

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