New station configuration to increase accessibility and reduce dwell times.
Passengers riding Indore's bus rapid transit (BRT) system will spend less time boarding and exiting buses, reducing overall travel delays, thanks to a decision to configure stations with level-boarding platforms. The new design will also provide greater accessibility to the elderly, visually impaired and physically challenged commuters.
EMBARQ India, under the leadership of Director Madhav Pai and Urban Planner Prajna Rao, influenced Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) to make the decision, which was announced at a recent AICSTL board meeting, led by AICTSL CEO Vivek Shrotriya.
The city's BRT stations will now be located at the median of the road with platforms measuring 0.9 meters high to match the floor height of the new buses procured under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), the Government of India's city modernization scheme. Project implementation is in progress and likely to be inaugurated by June 2011.
EMBARQ signed a formal collaboration with AICTSL in 2008 to provide technical assistance for the design and implementation of the 12-kilometer BRT pilot corridor on A B Road, currently under development.
In addition, EMBARQ helped AICTSL procure 175 new buses from the Government of India and is currently working on the seamless integration of the new fleet with existing bus operations. The new vehicles are estimated to double Indore’s current bus ridership of about 110,000 passengers per day, and are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.
This effort is being supported by Shakti Foundation and the World Resources Institute.