What is BRT and the Importance of Ticketing Kiosks in the Public Transport Sector

Public transport systems play a crucial role in sustainable urban development. As cities grow and the demand for public transport increases, efficient and affordable solutions need to be found. In this context, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems and the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) ticketing kiosks, by PARTTEAM & OEMKIOSKS, emerge as innovative solutions to improve urban mobility and the efficiency of the public transport sector.

What are BRTs?

BRT is a bus-based public transport system that offers fast, comfortable and efficient services, with capacity similar to metro systems. The BRTs are characterized by the use of exclusive lanes, passenger on-boarding and off-boarding stations aligned in the center of the lanes, purchase of tickets outside the vehicles and frequent and quick operations.

A BRT passage is an extension of a road or contiguous roads served by one or more bus lines with a minimum length of 3 kilometers. The BRT standard is applied to specific corridors, rather than to BRT systems as a whole, as the quality of BRT in cities with multiple corridors can vary significantly.

As part of a global concept of Smart Cities, the BRTs offer efficient and sustainable urban mobility solutions, helping to reduce congestion, air pollution and energy consumption. In addition, BRTs promote social inclusion, providing access to quality public transport at an affordable cost for all citizens.

The Basic Elements of BRT

There are five essential characteristics that define BRT (Bus Rapid Transit):

Exclusive lanes

Dedicated lanes just for buses ensure faster journeys and avoid delays caused by mixed traffic congestion.

Track alignment

Alignment in the center of the lane or in lanes dedicated to buses keeps vehicles away from the passenger parking, boarding and alighting areas.

Purchase of tickets outside vehicles

Purchasing tickets at stations and stops, rather than on buses, eliminates delays caused by paying tickets directly to the bus driver.

Treatment of intersections

The prohibition of turning traffic crossing the dedicated bus lane reduces delays caused by turning vehicle traffic.

On-boarding and off-boarding at platform level

The stations and stops are level with the entrance of the buses to facilitate on-boarding and off-boarding, ensuring accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility, people in wheelchairs, prams and shopping trolleys.

Ticketing Kiosks (Ticket Vending Machine)

Oriented towards the future and integrating the concept of Smart Cities, the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) are, therefore, kiosks that issue electronic or paper tickets. They are equipment that allow anyone to buy tickets independently, quickly and easily, whether at train stations, metro stations, buses or BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems.

The TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) self-service kiosks allow the issuance of transport tickets, autonomously, without the need for interaction with third parties. These kiosks are becoming more and more common in train, metro, bus stations and other places of high passenger traffic.

These self-service kiosks provide users with autonomy and are characterized by their differentiation and flexibility in terms of control and reduction in both the waiting time and the service itself.

Waiting time reduction

By issuing tickets at TVM kiosks, passengers can avoid queues and speed up the bus boarding process.

User autonomy

Ticketing kiosks allow passengers to purchase and recharge tickets (or cards) independently, without relying on third parties.

Multiple payment methods

TVM kiosks can accept different payment methods, such as cash, credit and debit cards, contactless cards, making life easier for passengers.

Integration with purchase/sales systems

TVM kiosks can be integrated with BRT ticket purchase/sale systems, allowing the use of transport cards with integrated rates.

Advantages of TVM Ticketing Kiosks for the Transport Sector

TVM ticketing kiosks bring several advantages to the public transport sector, such as:


Issuing tickets at TVM kiosks is quick and agile, reducing passengers’ waiting time.


The kiosks are available 24 hours a day, allowing passengers to purchase tickets at any time.

Access control

TVM kiosks can be integrated with access control systems, ensuring greater security at stations and transport vehicles.

Customized experience

Kiosks can offer personalized information to passengers, such as bus routes and schedules.


Kiosks can display relevant advertisements and information to passengers, creating an additional source of revenue for transport operators.


Ticket Vending Machines can offer free internet access, improving passengers’ experience while waiting for buses.


Ticketing kiosks can be adapted to the specific needs of each project and client, offering customized solutions for different transport systems.

The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems and the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) ticketing kiosks, by PARTTEAM & OEMKIOSKS, are innovative solutions that contribute to improving urban mobility and the efficiency of the public transport sector. With the growing demand for efficient public transport and the development of Smart Cities, it is essential to invest in technologies that provide quality, accessible and sustainable services for all citizens.