Published Monday, 19 May 2014
The minister has said the scheme will improve access to Belfast. (© Michael Cooper)
The BRT will link the city centre with the Titanic Quarter as well as parts of east and west Belfast.
Depending on the success of the routes and the availability of future funding, the scheme could be extended to north and south Belfast.
Services are timetabled to begin in 2017 and on Monday work started on a new park and ride facility in Dundonald which will support the scheme and is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has also announced that his department has committed £20m to begin the purchase of the new buses required for the routes.
A fleet of 40 vehicles is needed to service the routes.
The UUP minister said: "This park and ride will further enhance offerings for commuters travelling to Belfast, in particular those travelling from the Ards Peninsula.
"The BRT vehicles will be of a very high quality and will use the latest technologies.
"They will promote an image of Belfast as a modern, vibrant city and provide an excellent environment for passengers in terms of comfort, space, security and on-board information.
"The BRT system will also incorporate high quality halts enabling easy access to vehicles, real-time information systems for easier journey planning and off-vehicle ticketing to speed up the boarding process."
He added: "I am committed to supporting the growing number of passengers who choose to use public transport and I wish to further enhance services and infrastructure to meet future demands.
"Belfast Rapid Transit is an innovative and ambitious project that will create a modern and dynamic public transport system for Belfast, one that will provide people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, leisure and entertainment facilities."
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