After a ten-day test run over the Chinese New Year holiday, the 22.5-kilometer Guangzhou BRT system launched on February 21. It has the world’s highest number of passenger boardings at BRT stations, the highest BRT bus frequency and the longest BRT stations.
It is the first BRT to directly connect to a metro system and the first BRT system in China to include bike parking in its station design. In its first month of operation, the GBRT’s ridership levels are second only to Bogotá’s Transmilenio, with more than 25,000 passengers per hour in a single direction at rush hour,and more than 800,000 boardings per day.
The City Fix reports the GBRT has 26 stations, 42 bus routes, a smart card system, connecting tunnels from the BRT platform to the Guangzhou metro at three stations, bike lanes along the trunk line, 5,500 bike parking spaces at stations currenly planned and there are plan for 5,000 rental bicycles at stations.