In the last decade numerous BRT systems have been implemented in France; Line "G" in Strasbourg can be considered a prime example. The French variant of the BRT system is called "Bus à haute niveau de service" (BHNS) and is tailored to the needs of European cities. Strasbourg is famous among urban planners for the successful re-introduction of the tram in 1994. Almost 20 years later the city was seeking the best possible connection for the northwest neighbourhood with the main station, and studied, together with the extension of the tram network, the implementation of a BHNS system.
After an economic feasibility study, discussions with politicians and a study about an extension of a tram line, the decision was made in favour of a BHNS system. After a construction time of less than a year, the line was inaugurated on 30 November 2013. Apart from focusing on planning an optimised bus lane, modern stations and buses, great attention was given to the marketing aspect and to integrating the system in the existing traffic network. This was achieved with, among other things, a common ticket system, a dynamic passenger information system and consistent integration of P+R (Park and Ride) and B+R (Bike and Ride) along the route.
Other examples of successful implementation of European BRT systems can be found in Nantes/France, Saint Nazaire/France, Granada/Spain and Amsterdam/The Netherlands.