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We help to visualize and select project options, and to plan, design and implement successful BRT & urban transport measures while avoiding the pitfalls.

Far East Mobility's multi-disciplinary team of staff and associated experts - including experts from the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute - led the planning, design, and implementation of the two 'gold standard' BRT systems in Asia: the world's second-highest capacity BRT system in Guangzhou, as well as the award-winning Yichang BRT.

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Our sustainable transport focus areas and capability

  1. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors

    BRT done well offers the potential of metro-like levels of capacity, passenger service and speed at a fraction of the cost of metro systems. BRT also has a much faster implementation time frame and can rapidly provide a citywide reach, since BRT buses can enter and leave a BRT corridor. BRT done poorly provides none of these benefits. Planning, design, implementation and operation of high capacity BRT systems providing citywide benefits, starting with a BRT Concept Design, Pre-Feasibility Study and/or Feasibility Study, is a core focus area of Far East Mobility. Far East's consultants can provide crucial guidance to cities and agencies on BRT systems and corridors, from the Concept Design stages through to preliminary design, technical supervision and input during the engineering design, construction, and operation. This guidance includes practical advice on the steps cities and agencies should take at each stage of the project to ensure a successful outcome and avoid the various potential BRT project minefields.

    Areas of Far East Mobility expertise include surveys and data collection, corridor selection, intersections, stations (location, dimensions, configuration, architecture, ITS integration, renderings, access), operational design and optimization, demand analysis, detailed cost estimation, institutions and regulation, ITS components, traffic impact analysis, modal integration, communications and outreach, technical supervision during engineering design and construction, inventory and strategy (and costings) for dealing with urban utilities in the corridor, capacity building in all of these areas, and other aspects.

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  2. Traffic management

    Traffic surveys, simulations, impact analysis, circulation and management are all issues requiring attention as part of BRT projects. Microsimulations can help to test and verify solutions as well as explain project impacts - especially major projects such as BRT systems - to decision-makers and stakeholders. In some cases a 'full BRT' approach may not be viable or desired, with traffic management approaches to bus priority preferred. Often, the same corridor will involve a combination of traffic management and 'full BRT' measures in different locations.

  3. Transit-oriented development (TOD)

    BRT systems are a major investment and cities should maximize returns by encouraging high quality station area development in line with international best practices. Special zones should be set up around BRT stations, regulating issues such as pedestrian & bicycle facilities, parking provision in new developments, on-street & setback parking, affordable housing and other approaches that can be 'trialled' first in BRT station areas before being rolled out citywide. Far East Mobility has developed TOD plans for several BRT corridors, including identifying zoning and regulatory impediments to best practice TOD implementation around mass transit station areas.

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  4. Parking & TDM

    Parking projects almost always include surveys and data collection and documentation of best practices, with analysis and recommendations on definition of zones, setting standards for parking provision for new developments, preparation of tender documents, setback parking management, parking pricing, communications, technology, roadway design, enforcement, and other aspects. Far East Mobility developed a detailed parking plan for central Yangon as part of a Bus Priority Feasibility Study in Yangon in 2018, and has worked on parking in several other cities, usually in relation to a BRT corridor project.

  5. Non-motorized transport (NMT)

    The planning, design, implementation, and operation/management of pedestrian and bicycle facilities is important in any city, and is an area of intense attention by cities and agencies in almost all BRT projects. Measures that can be taken to improve bike and pedestrian facilities include bike sharing, greenways, and high quality urban bike networks. 'Complete streets' or road designs to enhance vibrancy and appeal, prioritizing cyclists & pedestrians, are an excellent way to improve BRT corridor access and promote station area development. Some of the issues relating to ensuring high quality NMT facilities with BRT are discussed in our Ji'an case study. In our experience, if excellent NMT facilities are to be implemented together with BRT, it cannot be done as an afterthought. NMT planning needs to be done in the early design stages so that it can be incorporated into designs, and needs to be supervised to ensure implementation in line with designs. All NMT improvement projects involve a wide range of implementation-oriented surveys and data collection; a process carried out by Far East Mobility in many cities.

  6. Road safety

    Road safety is an important consideration in BRT planning and in sustainable transport planning generally. All transit passengers are pedestrians at the start and end of their trips, and road, intersection and transit system design all have major potential impacts on pedestrian and bicycle safety. One useful measure which can be carried out independently or as part of a wider transit or road project is a Road Safety Audit.

  7. Site visits & training

    Nothing will convince a city's leaders of the benefits, as well as the potential pitfalls and preferred approaches to BRT, as a site visit to BRT systems such as Bogota, Cali, Brisbane, Guangzhou, Yichang or Nanning. Technical personnel also benefit immensely from such visits. Far East Mobility can conduct site visit and training programs on BRT and sustainable transport, focusing on the Guangzhou and Yichang BRT systems.

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Selected Far East Mobility project or study cities. Involvement in Manila, Vientiane, Yichang and Lanzhou occurred before Far East Mobility was formally incorporated.
Interesting news & links

Rotterdam Offers Free Parklets to Help Local Businesses Turn Parking Spots Into Terraces
Rotterdam municipality is helping local businesses to reopen by offering free decking to create an outdoor terraced area to carry out business activities in a safe space.
Popupcity, 06.08.2020

China approves $US 68bn inter-city plan for Pearl River Delta
Massive railway expansion approved, much of it centred on Guangzhou.
International Railway Journal, 04.08.2020

We’ll Build Thousands Of Miles Of Protected Cycleways, Pledges Boris Johnson
“Schemes which consist mainly of paint, which make pedestrians and cyclists share the same space, or which do not make meaningful change to the status quo on the road, will not be funded.”
Forbes, 27.07.2020

Government moves to end minimum carpark requirements and remove low height-limits in bid to increase dense housing
"In all “tier 1” cities – Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch, and Hamilton - councils would not be able to set building height limits of less than six storeys in city centres. In all urban areas with more than 10,000 people, district plans will not be allowed to include minimum car parking requirements, other than for accessible carparks."
stuff.co.nz, 23.07.2020

HCMC seeks to revive public buses with new operators
Useless measures straight out of a World Bank consultant study: just change the contracting form, adjusting the incentives, and all the problems will be solved....right? Meanwhile, the small matter of buses being stuck in congestion is not addressed.
VnExpress, 10.07.2020

COVID Mobility Works gathers best practices of Global Mobility Responses to COVID-19
A platform "devoted to collecting, compiling, and sharing mobility initiatives that are keeping the world moving during the COVID-19 pandemic", with breakdowns by topic and mode. Quality is patchy but with some useful nuggets.
Covid Mobility Works, 06.07.2020

哈市建公交优先走廊长江路段预计9月竣工
World Bank funding for a combination median bus lane and kerbside bus lane project in Harbin. It is designed to be 'upgradeable to BRT in the future', which raises the obvious question: why didn't they just do BRT now?
黑龙江日报报业集团, 19.06.2020

NSW government failed to update public on true cost of light rail
Incredibly, Sydney's 12km light rail system has cost A$3.1 billion, or US$2.13 billion, which is nearly US$200 million per kilometre. An auditor-general report finds that the government concealed the huge cost blowouts and the irrelevance of the project's business plan.
Sydney Morning Herald, 11.06.2020

Germany will require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging
The plans to encourage EVs also include a tax on SUVs.
Reuters, 04.06.2020

What happens to neighborhood appeal if the coronavirus closes small businesses for good?
One of the better takes on the Covid-19 impact on urban transport: this article considers impacts of small business closures on the appeal of urban streets and neighbourhoods.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 03.06.2020

GM says it is 'almost there' on million-mile electric vehicle battery
Current electric vehicle batteries typically last 160,000 to 320,000 km. Reuters reported in early May that Tesla, in partnership with Chinese battery maker CATL, plans to introduce its own million-mile (1.6 million km) battery later this year or early next.
Reuters, 20.05.2020

U.K. Government Boosts Bicycling And Walking With Ambitious £2 Billion Post-Pandemic Plan
Amidst a pandemic of pandemic-related prognostications of future transport trends, an article that focuses on the main point: what infrastructure is being provided? Without boosts to bike and walking facilities, temporary gains may be ephemeral if a Covid-19 vaccine is developed. The UK is providing a model for other cities, allocating 2 billion pounds (USD2.436bn) to walking and cycling. Though it is not actually new funds, but part of a bigger package announced for buses and cycling in February. The £2 billion plan starts with £250 million to enable local authorities to pay for “pop-up” cycling and walking infrastructure to cater for physical distancing during lockdown.
Forbes, 09.05.2020