What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services at metro-level capacities. It does this through the provision of dedicated lanes, with bus-ways and iconic stations typically aligned to the center of the road, off-board fare collection, and fast and frequent operations.
It is much more reliable, convenient and faster than regular bus services. With the right features, BRT is able to avoid the causes of delay that typically slowed down the regular bus services, such as - being stuck in traffic. The Dhaka BRT will provide modern, roomy, easily accessible buses with safe journeys separated from other traffic.
What is the route for the Gazipur to Airport section of BRT?
What other sections are planned under BRT?
The next section is planned to continue from the Airport to Keraniganj. This section is currently under planning.
Where will the BRT services stop?
There will be 25 stations along the route at approximately 800 meter intervals. The stations are:
Hzt. Shahjalal Airport (Terminal), Jashimuddin Sarani, Azampur, House Building, Abdullahpur, First Gate of Estema (Bata), Station Road, Mill Gate, Cherag Ali Market, Tongi College Gate, Hossain Market, Aazipura, Targach, Boro Bari Bazar, Board Bazar, Open University, Hazi Pukur Par, Maleker Bari, Vogra (North), Vogra (South), BRT Depot, Aarong Milk Factory, BARI, Gazipur Terminal.
How do I access the stations?
The stations will be in the center of the roadway. Access to the stations will be via underpass or or foot over-bridges.
How will I cross the road?
The crossings at the stations will be signalized and also be convenient & safe to cross the road.
Will it be more expensive? What will it cost?
Fares and ticketing arrangements are still being finalized. ‘Smartcards’ are planned to make things easy. It is anticipated that the ‘Smartcards’ will be able to be used across all major forms of public transport.
How do I get a ticket?
Tickets will not be available on the bus. Tickets will be available from kiosks, vending machines, retail outlets and at the bus stations.
What happens if I don’t have a ticket?
You will not be able to board the buses. Because tickets need to be purchased prior to boarding in order to access the services.
Do other places have this system?
Many places around the world have implemented very successful BRT systems. Great examples of BRT systems can be found in South America, China, Europe and Australia.
Who will run the buses?
The operations of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will be managed by the government-owned Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (DBRTCL) – known as Dhaka BRT - operating on commercial basis. The company will manage the BRT business and ensure quality operations by managing performance-based contracts under the BRT.
The company will have a control center to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Will I still be able to get my current bus?
Bus service in other routes will continue operate. New feeder services will be in place to take passengers from the BRT stations to their local stop.
My work is not on the corridor – how will I get there?
New feeder services will be in place to take passengers from the BRT terminals to their local stop. Rickshaws and other smaller vehicles will also be able to collect passengers from the stations. In the future, connections with the new metro rail system are planned.
Will it be safe to travel on?
One of the key features of the rapid transit system is its safety. CCTV on the vehicles will allow the control center to see that passengers are travelling safely on the system.
The road is already crowded. How will taking up more space improve things?
The aim of the system is to provide a safe, fast, comfortable and reliable service which will also encourage commuters to get out of their cars, para transit and on to the BRT network. Fewer of the current cars and buses will need to use the road.
I run a bus now – will I be able to use the corridor?
Only the dedicated BRT buses will be able to run in the BRT lanes. Other buses will need to continue to use the roadway or change their routes to operate their services.
What does the project cost?
20.4 billion taka (US $255 million) estimated.
Who is paying for this?
The project is being financed by: a) Government of Bangladesh; b) Asian Development Bank (ADB); c) French Development Agency (AFD); d) Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Will there be retail outlets at the stations?
It is intended that there will be high quality facilities around the stations, including retail outlets feeder and ticketing booths in the attractively designed underpasses.
How long it will take to reach the airport from Gazipur?
It will take approximately 45-50 minutes.
How will I go to city centre (Gulistan & Motijheel areas) from the airport?
Connecting bus services will operate from airport to city centre (Gulistan, Motijheel).