BRTS IN INDIA
With the initiation of Smart Cities, AMRUT and other projects on urban development and investment where BRT is on the investment agenda of many cities, we have taken up the study to examine and provide feedback on BRT System in India, for Indian cities. While a good public transport system is a crying need of all-major cities, cities are familiar with the bus system in one form or the other and there is no question if BRT is easily doable, adaptable and cost flexible in comparison to metro.
A city like Ahmedabad, which has won many awards and Pune, which is the first BRT in India, both have a functioning BRT and is work in-progress for expansion. Although relatively new, it is long enough to have some useable feedback on its working, acceptance, performance, financial viability, strengths and weaknesses. Near absence of un-biased feedback leading to experiential learning is a handicap for the cities that are opting for the BRT system now. There is little to go by in terms of learning from cities having tried BRT system. Little that is available is either hearsay or the “sales speech” from the interested parties (selling technology, design, or systems) or a biased, unsubstantiated opinion. It is not known if studies, a few and far in between, by the researchers, academic institutions and civic groups are reaching the cities in a usable form. It is in this circumstance that we have taken up the study of BRTS. The study intends to provide feedback on all aspects of BRTS. It also intends to weigh the decision making of BRTS expansion plans.