New BRT Bus Lanes: Dedicated, But Dangerous

<p>Delhi has unveiled a new bus rapid transit system, with dedicated bus lanes. The only problem is that the bus stops and dedicated lanes are located in the middle of hectic and busy streets that are dangerous to cross.</p>
May 24, 2008, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Bus Rapid Transit system is designed to get people on and off buses more efficiently and to cut down travel time. But it has a major flaw: The bus stops were put in the middle of the highway, three lanes of traffic from the sidewalk on each side. Any pedestrian who wants to reach the buses must run a gantlet of Delhi's chaotic and unyielding traffic, which pays little attention to the niceties of staying in lanes or obeying red lights."

"Since the first five-mile stretch of the road opened on April 20, there have been three or four accidents a day, says Vijay Kumar Singh, a marshal whose job is to try to ensure the system works. And in the morning, he says, it can take schoolchildren up to 30 minutes to cross the road to reach the bus stops."

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Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in The Wall Street Journal
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