Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations

Dates: April 18-27, 2017

Meets: Tu and Th from 9:30 AM to 12 N

Location: Online

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


This course grants 1.0 CEUs and 10 AICP CMs (AICP CMs pending approval), and 10 PTP PDHs


Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

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Topics Include

  • Definition, attributes, and history of BRT
  • BRT benefits and costs
  • Varieties of BRT deployment
  • BRT vehicles
  • BRT stop amenities
  • Marketing BRT
  • BRT corridor and system planning
  • Optimal BRT

What You Will Learn

Students will acquire BRT planning and design capability. They will learn how to design a BRT line and network, select BRT vehicles and stop amenities, BRT branding and marketing, and integrating BRT with other transit modes. Students will also increase their understanding of the interdisciplinary collaboration essential in creating a successful BRT line or system.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies, as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will all find the course useful. The course is appropriate for both the urban and the suburban perspectives.

For More Information

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Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

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Or email us with your questions at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

Or call us at 510-643-4393


This class has four, two hour, thirty minute (2.5 hour) sessions on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays, April 18, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time Thursday, April 20, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time Tuesdays, April 25, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time Thursday, April 27, 2017 :: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon :: Pacific Time This is an online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook. Please make sure we have your updated contact information and that you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture.


Please Note:   This is an online course

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 145.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 290.00



Joseph Kott

PhD, AICP, PTP, Principal, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities

Dr. Kott has over thirty-five years experience in transportation planning, including as Chief Transportation Official for the City of Palo Alto. He has a B.A. from Wayne State University, master's degrees in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, in both transport planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in urban and regional transport planning from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Dr. Kott is a lecturer in transportation planning, urban planning, and transportation management at San Jose State University and is a Research Associate for the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State. He has co-presented webinars on transit-oriented development and bus rapid transit, workshops on complete streets, and a study of transportation safety on tribal lands and rancherias in California for the UC Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer program. Dr. Kott holds certifications in both urban planning (AICP) and as a professional transportation planner (PTP) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

James Lightbody

Senior Project Manager, Lightbody Consulting

Mr. Lightbody is a Senior Project Manager with extensive experience working in transportation and community development. He is currently managing transportation projects for the City of Mountain View and recently served as Interim Chief Transportation Official with the City of Palo Alto. Mr. Lightbody has also managed transit and corridor planning projects for AECOM. He has been lead instructor and course developer for the Bus Rapid Transit training course sponsored by the National Transit Institute. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Lightbody served for 33 years as a senior manager with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), most recently as Deputy Director for Planning and Development. Mr. Lightbody also represented VTA on the BRT Consortium established by FTA and participated on TCRP panels conducting BRT research.

Date Day Time Location
04/18/2017Tuesday9:30 AM to 12 N Online
04/20/2017Thursday9:30 AM to 12 N Online
04/25/2017Tuesday9:30 AM to 12 N Online
04/27/2017Thursday9:30 AM to 12 N Online


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