WASHINGTON — A new Government Accountability Office study examining bus rapid transit concludes that cities with limited funding sources and no major congestion issues may find high-cost features worthwhile only if economic development is a major goal of the bus line.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and the committee’s top Republican, Richard Shelby of Alaska, asked the GAO to look into the features of BRT projects recommended for funding by the Federal Transit Administration and examine how such projects compare to rail transit.

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