SimBRT: Bus rapid transit corridor simulator
Simulated testing environment ensures better service to urban residents
EMBARQ Brazil applies the EMBARQ bus rapid transit (BRT) simulator software, SimBRT, to test the performance of BRT systems before they are implemented. These tests help to correct possible project failures, avoiding the loss of critical time and resources, and delivering better bus systems to the citizens of Brazilian cities. The software also allows for performance improvement of a BRT system already in operation. The tool was developed to accurately simulate the operation of BRT systems in conditions typical of Latin American and Asian countries, which are confronted with high passenger demand, high-capacity buses, and similar system design and infrastructure. Five cities have been part of the project since the beginning: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Porto Alegre, Brazil; Arequipa, Peru; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.