“Situation optimal for BRTS in city”

If things go according to plan, the city would soon have a Bus Rapid Transit system modelled after existing systems in Ahmedabad and Guangzhou, China.

Delivering a talk on ‘A paradigm shift in urban transportation' here on Monday, Shreya Gadepalli, director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), said that a BRTS network could be built in the city within the next three years, around the same time Stage-I of Metro Rail will become operational.

The State government has entrusted ITDP to carry out a study on the feasibility of implementing BRT corridors in various parts of the city, including a 20-km stretch of Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

Report shortly

The report is expected to be submitted shortly.

The ITDP study is expected to suggest dedicated bus corridors in areas cutting through Porur, Red Hills and Poonamallee, which are neither currently nor proposed to be served by any other mass transit system.

Drawing from the example of existing BRT systems, Ms.Gadepalli said that a well-designed system could cater to 45,000 passengers per hour in one direction and offer average travel speeds of 25 kmph.

“In Chennai, buses carry 10 times the number of passengers that trains do. They are an ideal mode for offering high quality public transport for everyone in the city. The government has to think Metro, but use buses,” she said.

Stressing that any proposal must involve much more than just putting a dedicated lane for buses, she said that various facets such as creating a network of high-speed bus corridors, IT-enabled passenger information systems and outsourcing of operation and maintenance need a lot of attention.

The benefits could be huge. Citing figures from Ahmedabad BRT, Ms.Gadepalli said that though ticket prices are only 15 per cent higher than normal city buses, occupancy on buses that ply on the BRT network is 75 per cent higher and earnings per kilometre per day are 125 per cent higher.

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