Monday, July 23, 2012

Failure of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) opened in Curitiba, Brazil in 1974. BRT has been adopted successfully in many cities around the world, including India. However New Delhi’s BRT is heading for failure for following reasons. It was built for wealthy commuters who prefer to travel by cars, its trial run was badly managed, there was no increase in number of frequencies or buses, there was no linkage to the Metro system and there was no provision for commuter parking lots.

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has released a standard, which measures features such as quality of stations, off-board fare collection, median-aligned dedicated bus lanes and at-level boarding to determine the quality of a BRT. This standard should provide necessary guidance to BRT systems around the world.

Reference: Overdorf, Jason, India: Delhi's exorbitant public transport failure, Globalpost, July 19, 2012
The BRT Standard: Version 1.0

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