A review on brt scoring system for malaysia practice

Hamsareka Thevadass, Goh Boon Hoe*, Wong Kok Cheong, Teo Fang Yenn, Christina Chin May May, Yuen Choon Wah, Yap Eng Hwa

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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is the bus-based public transit system, which is designed to maximize the efficiency, capacity and reliability comparatively to the existing traditional bus system. Generally, this advantageous, cost-effective and convenient BRT comprises the designated laneways, priority-given intersections, off-board fare collection and more, which reduces the delay in travelling and increasing the capacity as well. In order to maintain the standard of the BRT, where to be distinguished from the conventional bus system, there are few BRT scoring systems available from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and Federal Transit Association (FTA). However, each scoring system has its pros and cons, which might not be suitable for the Malaysian practice. In addition, the scoring system is not very emphasizing on the BRT stations in regards with the locations, supporting infrastructures and more, which has the potential to affect the transit ridership. This paper reviews the existing BRT standards that have been utilized in assessing the existing BRTs all around the world. Moreover, this reviewing reflects the compliances or suitability of the available BRT standards to be used in assessing Malaysia BRTs. This method of reviewing provides more focused scoring guidelines which can complement the Malaysian practice in a more contextual manner. The identified gap in the existing BRT standards will be recommended with newly formulated guidelines that fit more into Malaysia context and encourage more inclusivity which promotes active transportation. Hence, the newly formulated BRT standard as per Malaysia context can enhance the existing design principles which can promote more ridership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-419
Number of pages10
JournalCivil Engineering and Architecture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • BRT Scoring System
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • ITDP
  • Malaysia


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