Bus Rapid Transit(BRT)
TransPeshawar is a bus rapid transit system currently under construction by the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. Divided into two separate phases, the first phase of the TransPeshawar BRT system will encompass an east-west corridor to be served by 31 stations with an initial 383 buses, at a cost of ?68.9 billion. 88% of funding is being provided by the Asian Development Bank.
TransPeshawar’s first phase will consist of an east-west busway which will stretch from Chamkani in the east end to Hayatabad in the west end of Peshawar.
The Peshawar BRT project is a major undertaking not just in the development of the physical infrastructure of the city but as a catalyst for urban regeneration and growth. Successful completion of the project will lead to greater economic activity and prosperity as well as providing the people, who live, work and visit the city a world-class transport service.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high quality high capacity transport system, which provides fast, efficient, reliable and comfortable mode of transport for the travelers. In a BRT system, the buses travel in a dedicated corridor and avoid the congestion on the road. BRT also provides improved waiting facilities and supporting infrastructure for passengers such as e-ticketing and real time information about bus schedules.
Essentially the Peshawar BRT System will be a high quality bus rapid transit system. Which will provide fast, efficient, reliable and comfortable public transport system to the masses. and cost effective urban mobility through the provision of segregated right-of-way infrastructure offering a rapid and frequent service.
The BRT route will run from Chamkani to Hayatabad, a total distance of 26 kilometers with 31 stations. The existing infrastructure will be improved with footpaths, bicycle lanes and provision at the stations for bicycle stands to make the journey easy for people using bicycles. Each station will be within half a kilometer reach making it convenient for users of the system.
TransPeshawar was originally planned to use a fleet of 299 buses, of which 207 will be 12 meter-long buses, while 92 will be 18 meter-long articulated buses.56 The articulated buses will run only within the Service route while the 12 meter-long buses will run in primarily in the Feeder system.
The Buses will be of the low-entry6 type which will allow easy entry and egress from the doorways, especially for patrons using wheelchairs. Each bus will provide free Wifi56services for passengers, while stations will have toilet facilities.7 Buses will arrive every 3 minutes during peak hours, and every 5 minutes during non-peak hours.8 The contract for the supply of buses has been formally signed with Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus Co., Ltd..
To reach your destination the travel time will be shortened, secure, and comfortable you can travel from Chamkani to Gul Market in fifteen minutes and from Hayatabad to Gora Qabristan in 25 minutes. Parking provision at each end of the BRT corridor will be provided to encourage people with cars to use the BRT system.
So what are the Benefits of introducing a BRT System in Peshawar?
A number of cities throughout the world have introduced a BRT System into the fabric of the city and seen the following benefits:
Reduced travel times for the users of public transport;
Safer and a more comfortable means of travel;
Reduced vehicle emissions; improving the enviornment
More reliable journey times for users;
More friendly means of travel for women and children;
Will allow an improved environment for passengers with limited mobility;
Improve land values along the BRT Corridor and promote economic development; and
Enhance the city outlook and reputation.