About Far East BRT

Xiaomei Duan presenting at a conference in Kazan, Russia in May 2016 and Karl Fjellstrom being interviewed by Phoenix TV in 2012.
Far East BRT staff discuss the Peshawar BRT design in June 2016.
Karl Fjellstrom and Du Yipeng from Far East BRT presented BRT issues and improvement proposals at a Guangzhou Communications Commission meeting with a visiting Shanghai delegation, 24 March 2017.

Far East BRT's mission is to transform cities through working on the planning, design and implementation of high quality, high profile 'demonstration corridors' which inspire other cities to implement similar measures. We estimate that in addition to Yichang and Guangzhou, another five to ten transformative BRT corridors are needed to influence the trajectory of urban transport and urban development in the region. (For an idea of how large the impacts of these demonstration projects can be, see the list of visiting delegations to the Guangzhou and Yichang BRT systems.)

In order to achieve this mission as consultants, there are three broad requirements. First, the project has to be excellent and successful over a sustained period. Second, the project has to include a range of improvements including BRT and TOD. It should be an urban development project and corridor, not just a BRT project and corridor. Third, the project needs to be promoted, with impacts documented. Our mission is more focused on the first two steps, ensuring a successful project over a sustained period and ensuring that the project is a transformative urban corridor, but can also extend to the project promotion and impact analysis.

The Far East BRT Planning Company Limited, or Far East BRT, is a Hong Kong registered company set up in 2015 to further this mission. Far East BRT focuses on the planning, design and implementation of urban corridors centred on high quality, high capacity Bus Rapid Transit systems. Far East BRT’s team of key experts including Karl Fjellstrom, Xiaomei Duan and Wenxuan Ma led the planning, design and implementaton of Asia’s two 'Gold Standard' BRT systems in Guangzhou and Yichang, working for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and GMEDRI. Far East BRT has expertise working on urban ‘corridors’, consisting of the BRT roadways and stations as well as the BRT station areas. BRT station area and corridor development extends to many areas of sustainable urban transport planning and policy including parking, pedestrian & bicycle facilities, and transit-oriented development.

In many Asian cities there is strong political will to make improvements to public transportation. What is lacking is clear and practical plans for how to act upon this political will and implement high quality, high capacity BRT systems. This is what Far East BRT can provide. Key areas of work usually include: surveys and data collection; difficult point analysis; corridor determination; cross-sections, and road layout for public transport corridors; demand analysis & modelling; operational planning; BRT stations; renderings; ITS and vehicles; business, institutional, regulatory, and industry transition issues; training and capacity building; communications and outreach; costing & implementation schedule; modal integration; traffic circulation improvements; and input to bid documents. Often the work is packaged as a BRT Conceptual Design which includes most or all of these components.

Left: Far East BRT Director Karl Fjellstrom won the Guangzhou Friendship Award in 2011, in recognition of his work on the Guangzhou BRT project. This award is the highest honour given by the Guangzhou Municipal Government to foreign experts. Right: Karl Fjellstrom's awards from the Guangzhou Municipal Government and Lanzhou Municipal Government in recognition of work on the Guangzhou and Lanzhou BRT systems respectively.
Guangzhou won the Sustainable Transport Award in 2011, and Yichang won the Sustainable Transport Award in 2016. Both projects were led by Far East BRT experts working for ITDP and GMEDRI. Far East BRT staff have won several major design and other expert awards based on the success of their work in Guangzhou and other cities.
Clockwise from top left: BRT Gold Standard Award ceremony to the Guangzhou BRT in 2013, Yicang Sustainable Transport Award in 2016, Guangzhou Sustainable Transport Award in 2011, and the Guangzhou BRT on display as part of a Smithosonian exhibition in the lobby of the United Nations Building in New York in 2012.
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