In order to qualify, standardize and disseminate models of Integrated Transport Systems and BRT (bus rapid transit) 21 of the most influential agencies for urban transport joined the Latin America joined the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems (ITS) and BRT - SIBRT. Founded on April 15, 2010, in Curitiba, the Association acts as a vehicle of communication, institutional, systematic and direct, between the bodies responsible for the ITS and BRT systems in order to solve common problems and challenges. The founding members include representatives from public agencies related to urban transport in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.
This work advances and enhances the mass transport in Latin America because SIBRT has been seeking cooperation in professional, technological, scientific, financial, commercial and institutional areas, to strengthen the capacity and efficiency of the various bodies involved in addition to strengthening the quality of their systems. Thus, SIBRT develops an efficient and competitive industry that supports current and future systems, contributing to viable and sustainable solutions to combat the serious mobility problems, faced by the populations of Latin American cities in order to improve health, quality of life and competitiveness of the same.
Latin America, the region of the developing world with a great degree of urbanization - an average of 80% of urban population - registered a significant increase in the fleet of individual vehicles. As a result there is significant congestion, pollution, accidents, and paucity of public spaces, thereby making cities lose sustainability, and competitiveness. This makes is difficult for people to receive appropriate level of health and quality of life.
The alliance of the managers of BRT systems Integrated Transport Systems promotes the exchange of knowledge to the creation of best management practices and operational practices of urban transportation and its dissemination. It is estimated that a potential deployment of over 7,000 km of BRT corridors of high performance is required in the 100 largest cities in Latin America. Currently, members of SIBRT provide services to over 19 million users per day, through more than 550 kilometers of exclusive bus lanes.
This initiative supports the consolidation of the Integrated Transport Systems and BRT as an industry capable of competing on equal terms with other technological alternatives of public transport, especially rail with decision makers.
EMBARQ has been credited as a great catalyst for SIBRT. Its Strategic Director for Latin America, Luis Aparicio Gutierrez, worked to bridge the differences in culture and language that could have disrupted the relationship among the various countries. His effort was recognized by being elected as the first Honorary Member of SIBRT. The EMBARQ, through the strategic management for Latin America, do EMBARQ/CTS-Mexico, EMBARQ Brazil and EMBARQ Andino, continues to contribute actively with SIBRT.
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