Advantages of BRT

Advantages of BRT

  1. COST: Capital cost is the least compared other modes of public transport infrastructure (*20Cr/ km according to the recently completed Indore BRT)
  2. CONSTRUCTION TIME: Compared to other public transport infrastructure, BRT requires the least amount of time. The proposed phase -1 (88 km across 6 corridors) requires less than a year time to construct.
  3. COMPLEMENT: The BRT will complement other high capacity public transit systems like Metro Rail / Suburban / proposed Monorail.
  4. NO LAND ACQUISITION: All the proposed corridors in Chennai  do not involve any land acquisition, as the required ROW is already available.
  5. HIGHLY SCALABLE: The capacity addition is highly scalable with the least amount of cost involved.
  6. TRAVEL TIME: The travel time for passengers would reduce by upto 40% depending on the corridor.
  7. OPERATING COST: The operating cost of BRT is the least compared to other high capacity public transit modes.
  8. HIGHLY FLEXIBLE / CONFIGURABLE : The system can accommodate changes in alignment with the least amount of investment
  9. CARRYING CAPACITY: The system is capable of carrying many times more passengers compared to a fleet of similar size in a non-BRT condition.


  • Joseph K Antony / June 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Cant we try this on an easy single non controversial stretch ?

  • Joseph K Antony / June 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Great information, Daniel

  • Navaneethan / June 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Where are the 6 corridors planned for the BRT? It’s very interested that you predict a 40% reduction in travel time, could you provide a little more detail about the methodology? Is it based on other cities that have implemented it, or is it based on a simulation of Chennai’s traffic?

  • venkat / June 3, 2015 at 5:40 am

    The stretch from CMBT to kelambakkam and any BRT using IT expressway in the current status can easily implement BRT project. Since the road is wide enough. The MT. Road stretch and the kamarajar salai across the beach are much easier to implement and can be easily widened without any issues. Govt. must consider for easier commutation of passengers, less diesel wastage of MTC buses and faster travel for students and office goers and public will avoid own vehicles in future.

    Metro in these routes or BRT are solutions. Either of them is good but both is fantastic. Elevated IT expressway is waste of money but metro with BRT will work wonders and the stretch will be model for the entire country.

  • Willi / November 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    why would it be called sruface subway’? why not light rail but a bus’?i.e. what would make a bus more like sruface subway’ than sruface rail’?

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