The benefits of high-end BRT systems - like Sao Paulo's Expresso Tiradentes above - argues Dario Hidalgo, are easily lost on a public acculturated to slow city bus systems. As a result they prove difficult to implement in countries such as ours, where BRT transit still lags years behind. Allan Hoffman and Alasdair Cain's suggest referring to full-fledged BRT systems as "Quickways" not only for more helpful political nomenclature. In fact, they suggest understanding a Quickway as a distinct mode in its own right, with its own special benefits that should allow it to move beyond the shadow of the Light Rail. Because it is planned as a fall back option, transit planners fail to realize and implement its network benefits.
I practice architecture and urban design in Charlotte, N.C., often as a consultant in transportation projects. The rest of my time I help layout the developments of the clients of the firm I work for. While I'd like to be an urbanist, if anything, I'm an expert in the layout of parking lots. For now, just consider me an "aspiring urbanist", until governments allow me to practice what I preach.