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How do automatic doors work in the case of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT)?

Transport is a fundamental piece in the infrastructure of any large city. Everyday, millions of people commute to work or enjoy leisure time using urban transport.

Whether by metro, train or bus, users travel by these means so they can leave their car at home or because of the traffic restrictions applied in many city centres.

Automatic doors can be found in all modes of public transport. The user or driver can open or close the doors by simply pressing a button.

Although plenty of cities are yet to incorporate this system, there are several places that have installed automatic door control and management for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. It is a system for BRT stations that simultaneously opens and closes the doors in both the bay and bus in an automatic, coordinated and safe manner.

Characteristics of the BRT system

One of the most notable characteristics of these systems is that they are fully integrated in the bus station’s architecture. They are designed for intensive use and can be adapted to any infrastructure. They are easy to install and low maintenance.

What is more, BRT door systems can incorporate the control of other elements in the station such as ticket gates, lighting and air conditioning in both summer and winter. The system is available in different configurations, including automatic mode, manual control by the bus driver or centralised management from a single control point. In addition to the above, it can identify different types of vehicle and open the doors in the corresponding bay.

In some countries the system has also been installed in underground stations and airports where passengers have to get a bus or train between terminals.