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Guangzhou BRT Recognized by UN Climate Change
Guangzhou's Bus Rapid Transit system has recently been selected by the United Nation's climate change program as one of the Lighthouse Activities.

Updated:1352691874Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

Guangzhou's Bus Rapid Transit system has recently been selected by the United Nation's climate change program as one of the Lighthouse Activities as it is "a model for the affordable, low-carbon high-volume public transit desperately needed by fast-growing cities in the developing world."

The presenting of Lighthouse Activities is part of the Momentum for Change Initiative under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The international advisory panel commends the Guangzhou BRT as it helps to portect the environment and benefits the urban poor. The system helps its 850,000 average weekday riders save 32 million hours each year on daily commutes in total by a higher bus speed and less traffic congestion within the exclusive BRT corridor. Every BRT commuter also saves half of the cost of a standard bus fare and 15 percent of the waiting time, which is very beneficial for the low-income immigrants relying on the BRT to commute between the suburban villages and the city center.

For the environment, the BRT system enables a projected average annual saving of 84,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year over the first ten years since its launch in 2010, it also reduces 14 tons of cancer-causing particles being emitted on an annual basis.

The panel also looks highly upon the system's potential to be replicated around the rest of the world, which is a key criterion for selection. Lanzhou in Gansu Province and Yichang in Hubei Province will build up their BRT systems which are directly influenced by Guangzhou, while several other Chinese cities are also planning to introduce the system. Also, Guangzhou BRT has so far received over 265 delegations from 36 countries.

The BRT system with the world's second highest passenger flow – only after that in BRT's father Bogota, Columbia – will join other eight activities in the developing countries to be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7.

(By Lynus Tan and Rik Glauert)

Editor:Lynus Tan
 
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