This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Vancouver is having some trouble with its new bus-only lanes: the buses aren’t going any faster.

But this, in itself, doesn’t completely disqualify Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). There are lots of other aspects to a BRT system — fewer stops, off-bus fare collection, etc. — that would have a marked effect on transit times.

For example, LA Metro’s Metro Rapid seems to be working. As Cascadia Report notes (and Cascadia Prospectus echoes) that’s the solution we should be looking at here.