Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a step up from conventional public transport. As the name suggests, it is about moving more people quickly and reliably to where they want to be. MRT systems can take different forms, but in general they operate on a permanent route (road or rail) that is separated from other traffic.
Mass Rapid Transit has been developed as a core component of the public transport networks in a number of major urban centres, delivering both superior customer experience and positive impacts for both the built and natural environment. MRT systems typically have:
- Priority and dedicated right of way: enabling reliable travel by avoiding conflicts with other vehicles.
- Speed: travel times that are faster than other options - ideally travel to and from the CBD at least as fast as the private car.
- Frequency: enable users to 'turn up and go' at most times of the day.
- Reliability: consistently on-time.
- Capacity: allows the movement of large numbers of people in a short amount of time.