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27 May, 2014

ADB Paper: How Lanzhou’s Bus Rapid Transit System Brought Relief to Busy City

This document released by the Asian Development Bank shows how the bus rapid transit system in Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China, brings quick relief to urban commuters, fosters a livelier local economy, and promotes sustainable development. No doubt, it also benefits visitors to the city.


  • The City of Lanzhou in the People’s Republic of China wanted to reduce the negative effects of urban sprawl by developing a second city center in the Anning District, one of its four development zones.
  • The city’s expansion plan evolved from urban road network expansion into a sustainable urban transport project, with a bus rapid transit (BRT) system at the center, complemented by support for the Clean Development Mechanism, nonmotorized transport, tree preservation, and traffic and parking management.
  • Since commencing operations, the Lanzhou BRT has improved and promoted mobility, contributing to sustainable transportation, economic growth, and environmental preservation.

Download the document by clicking here.