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‘Integration is transport trend’ : Hidalgo

The worldwide emerging trend in urban transport is moving away from isolated corridors to citywide integrated systems that are comparatively fast and passenger-friendly.

bhopal Updated: Jul 03, 2013 11:51 IST
HT Correspondent

The worldwide emerging trend in urban transport is moving away from isolated corridors to citywide integrated systems that are comparatively fast and passenger-friendly.

Internationally acclaimed expert on urban transportation Dario Hidalgo, who is also the director for research and practice at EMBARQ, said this in his presentation on ‘BRTS around the world’ during a conference on BRTS here on Tuesday. The conference was organised by Bhopal Municipal Corporation and National Institute of Governance and Urban Management.

Hidalgo, who guides the EMBARQ network’s international team of transport engineers, urban planning specialists and environmental scientists, said interesting trends are emerging, such as the implementation of citywide integrated bus systems, improved processes for private participation in operations, increased funding from national governments, and the growth of bus manufacturers and technology providers from Brazil, India, Indonesia and China.

Hidalgo said BRTS is gaining importance across the world, adding there are about 159 cities with BRT or bus corridors, with 103 of the cities launching their bus systems in just last 10 years. “The existing BRT and bus corridors comprise about 278 corridors, 4,077 kilometres, serving over 28 million passengers per day,” he said.

Dario said this impressive growth may be attributed in part to the successes of BRTS in Curitiba, Brazil, Bogotá, Colombia, México City, Mexico, Istanbul, Turkey, Ahmedabad and Guangzhou, China. “These cities show low-cost, rapid implementation and high performance BRTS, with significant positive externalities,” he said.

EMBARQ India is a member of the EMBARQ network -- a notfor-profit initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think-tank in Washington, DC. It started its activities in 2006 in Mumbai and has since then expanded to other cities of India working with local authorities to catalyse and help implement solutions to the problems of urban mobility.

Shivanand Swamy, professor and associate director, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, presented the case history of Janmarg, the BRTS of Ahmedabad.

He stressed the communication and participation efforts have helped the project overcome opposition and become a source of pride.

Prof Swamy emphasised that BRTS faced some opposition due to its novelty and perceived negative impact on private vehicle travel.

BMC commissioner Vishesh Garhpale gave a power point presentation, highlighting the main points of the BRTS project in Bhopal and how it will be operationalised.

Earlier, mayor Krishna Gaur spoke on why BRTS was needed in Bhopal. She said as Bhopal is growing, there is a need to have an efficient transport system in the city that would be fast and passenger friendly.