Brisbane plans electrified BRT expansion

The Australian city of Brisbane plans to expand its Metro-branded bus rapid transit system over the next five years with two additional lines served by 150-passenger electric double-articulated single-deckers — or ‘trackless rubber-tyred Metro vehicles’, as the council calls them.

This would add 21km (13miles) and 18 stations to the three-line 27km (16.8mile) of busways, with services operating up to every 90sec.

■ The Gran Canaria city of Las Palmas is borrowing 50million (£43million) from the European Investment Bank to build a coastal bus rapid transit line with 11.7km (7.25miles) of dedicated track, three stations, 17 stops and 17 electric or hybrid buses.