Infrastructure

Infrastructure is one part of the transport system and has to be developed to meet future transportation needs. Exclusive lanes for city buses and adapted highway stretches for trucks are one of many ways to reduce traffic congestion and increase the safety of transported goods and people.

Two examples of how the Volvo Group is contributing to future transport solutions related to infrastructure are Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Green Corridors.

Bus Rapid Transit

Volvo Buses was a partner in the first BRT system in the world in Curitiba, Brazil in the late 1970s. Since then, the Volvo Group has supplied more buses for BRT systems than any other supplier in the world.

Since the late 1970s, the Volvo Group has supplied more buses for BRT systems than any other supplier in the world
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is an efficient public transport concept designed to meet growing transport demands in cities around the world. It reduces traffic congestion, lower the environmental impact and increases the safety of bus passengers. The key elements of BRT are:
  • High-capacity buses
  • Exclusive bus and/or freight transport lanes
  • Off-board ticketing
  • Level boarding
  • Priority at intersections
  • Traffic control
  • Passenger information

Cities in which the Group works on BRT ­systems include Curitiba in Brazil, Bogotá in Colombia, Mexico City in Mexico, Gothenburg in Sweden and York in Great Britain.

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Green Corridors

The Volvo Group is involved together with universities, authorities and other transport companies, in the EU Green Corridors initiative to reduce the environment impact of long-distance freight transport.

Future Green Corridors will provide safer and more efficient transportation with a lower environmental impact and less traffic congestion

The idea is to concentrate goods traffic between major urban areas by developing specially adapted routes with an efficient combination of highways, sea routes and railways. Future Green Corridors will provide safer and more efficient transportation with a lower environmental impact and less traffic congestion.

The Volvo Group shares its vehicle technical expertise as well as its knowledge of the transport system and participates in field tests under real operational circumstances.