Bus Rapid Transit


The RTA is planning for the region’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system. BRT is a premium rapid transit system that uses buses to provide rail-like service but at much lower costs. Using transit priority elements, such as dedicated lanes, BRT can run faster and more reliably easing your commute and your wallet. The first route will connect New Orleans East, downtown and the West Bank.

A few of the features of bus rapid transit include:

  • Dedicated or semi-dedicated guideways providing faster travel and minimizing delay
  • Transit signal priority and pre-emption reducing bus delays at signalized intersections
  • Fewer stops featuring premium amenities & level-boarding
  • Off-board fare collection reducing dwell time
  • Robust operating plan frequent service & extended hours
  • Uniquely-branded vehicles identifiable premium service 

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The BRT feasibility study began in September 2021 and will evaluate a corridor connecting New Orleans East to the Central Business District and on to the West Bank. The study is expected to be completed in August 2022, with several planned opportunities for input from the public and project stakeholders. 

  • Develop BRT Standard: Completed  
  • Develop Route Alternatives:   In-Progress 
  • Select Preferred Route Alternative: April-May '22 
  • Preliminary Corridor Design (15%): May-August '22
  • Financing Strategy: July-August '22

Open House
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 5:30PM 

  • Location TBD

New Orleans BRT renderings

BRT in Kansas City, Missouri

BRT in Albuquerque, New Mexico

BRT in San Francisco


BRT in Richmond, Virgina


BRT Virtual Public Meetings

Check out our Events page for info on public meetings in late May.

For More Info

Email us to learn more! BRT@rtaforward.org