BRT Fails in Delhi

The Bus Rapid Transit System has failed to meet the demands of New Delhi's riders and pedestrians. A better strategy, according to one report, is to improve its mass transit instead.

"The Standing Committee observation came in the light of a report submitted by School of Planning and Architecture head Prof P K Sarkar, who has highlighted a number of 'loopholes' in the Delhi model of BRT. In his observations, Prof Sarkar has pointed out that one of the major failures of this transport model in Delhi has been to take away seven metres of road width from the already inadequate right of way of the road.

According to the expert's observations, even before the BRT system was implemented, the road, divided into six lanes, experienced very heavy traffic volume for most part of the day. The stretch needed to be widened to handle that traffic volume even before the BRT idea was implemented, the report says. But instead of adding width, two lanes were taken out of the corridor, the report points out.

According to the committee, the passenger carrying capacity of the BRT model in Bogota (Colombia) is higher due to more road space given to cars. But in Delhi, 'even movement of pedestrian traffic across the BRT corridor is not well planned'. Result: pedestrians have to walk comparatively longer distances to cross the corridor, the report says."

Full Story: Delhi should abandon its ‘failed BRT’ model: panel



throwing out the baby with the bathwater

The panel is throwing out the baby with the bathwater with their decision to abandon the BRTS system altogether for Delhi. The failure of the first phase BRTS route is not because that there wasn't any capacity in the right-of-way, but that it did not connect anyone living on that corridor to anywhere the wanted to go. Planned BRTS stops are strategically placed at the center of high intensity land uses. The entire corridor in phase-I hardly has any high intensity employment of residential within 1/2 km of any of the stops. If the corridor was from Patparganj to Nehru Place,there would have been an immediate drop in vehicular traffic on ring road and Mathura Road, with several Maruti 800s and two wheelers left behind due to the headaches of traffic and parking. If the BRTS had been designed and planned like the Delhi metro, Delhi would have seen similar success and probably at a much lower cost. Bottomline, the Delhi govt is to blame for planning a transit route without thinking of surrounding land use.

Carrying capacity

"According to the committee, the passenger carrying capacity of the BRT model in Bogota (Colombia) is higher due to more road space given to cars."

Huh? The buses carry more people because there's more road space given to cars?

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