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Old October 5th, 2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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KARACHI | Public Transport

Karachi Bus Rapid Transit System.. the Karachi Metrobus

The Karachi Metrobus (Urdu: کراچی میٹرو بس‎) is a 109 km (67.7 mi) bus rapid transit planned for Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The Metrobus was announced by the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on behalf of the Federal Government of Pakistan. He added that PKR 15 billion would immediately be released to develop metrobus routes, and the remaining amount be provided by the City District Government Karachi (CDGK). It was also reported that all of the amount will be provided by the Federal Government only. The expected daily ridership would be 350,000 and the system length would be 109 km. Upon completion it is expected to be the largest metro bus service in the country.


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The initial "Green Line" is one of several proposed Karachi Metrobus lines that will crisscross Karachi and complement the Karachi Circular Railway. The route will approximately 26 km (16 mi). When completed, it will have the capacity to carry 150,000 people daily.

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Green Line
The Green Line will extend from Surjani Town to Merewether Tower at a total length of 26 km (16 mi). The Federal government will be financing the majority of the project.

Blue Line
The Blue Line will extend from Merewether Tower to Bahria Town through DHA City, Karachi (DCK) in the way at a total length of 30 km (19 mi), and will be the first privately funded transport system in Pakistan being constructed by the Bahria Town.

Yellow Line
The Yellow Line will extend from Numiash Chowrangi to Landi Station at a total length of 26 km (16 mi). The Sindh government and Karachi city government will be financing the majority of the project.

Red Line
The Red Line will extend from Model Colony to Regal Chowk Via Safoora Goth and University Road at a total length of 31.5 km (20 mi). Asian development bank will be financing the project.
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Final Report of Green Line prepared for Federal Government

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Red Line is designed by Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

Plans for Karachi’s Red Line BRT passed a new landmark recently, as the Sindh Government decided to move forward with the BRT Project and announced a timeline. The decision came after a visit from ITDP staff , as well as former Bogotá mayor and ITDP Board President, Enrique Peñalosa. Planned by ITDP with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Red Line BRT. corridor will reduce congestion and emissions and improve travel times for thousands of city residents'......

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Red Line blues: It’s not just BRT but a plan for a new city

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Consultants present proposal for the bus system to an audience of civil engineers and transportation experts. PHOTO: EMC.COM.PK

KARACHI: When it comes to transport, Karachi is in big trouble. This much is agreed by everyone. When it comes to finding a solution, there is hardly a consensus.

One term being thrown around for the past several years is the ‘mass transit system’, more specifically a Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS). With several attempts to kick start such a scheme having backfired already, the development experts are now treading cautiously.


“Karachi is a graveyard for transport projects that have died out. What makes you think this one wont?” asked Roland deSouza at the workshop arranged to discuss a proposal for the Red Line of the BRTS.

The 31-kilometre corridor will run from Safoora to Tower and Sharae Faisal, via University Road, MA Jinnah Road and Sharae Quaideen.

Integration

Peter Armitage, the technical director of the Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) Limited, seemed to have thought this one through. The ITP have been hired as consultants by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to plan the project. “The most important component for a mass transit system to work for Karachi is integration,” he stressed.



Need for an authority

Armitage laid out an organogram for the authority and proposed a hiring structure for the recruitment of experienced personnel. “At the moment, there are six bus rapid transport lines being proposed for Karachi,” he reminded the audience. “In the absence of an overarching authority to oversee their operations and regulate the services being provided to commuters, the service will crumble apart,” he said, hoping that the Sindh Mass Transit Authority bill will be presented in the Sindh Assembly by the beginning of next year.


Hasan’s main concern was the repercussions of realising the project without taking all the factors into consideration. “On MA Jinnah Road, which the Red Line passes through, there are scores of heritage buildings that will most likely be destroyed,” he said, adding that the real estate prices will shoot up because of the new infrastructure and people will sell their old houses for prime real estate elsewhere.
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The corridor runs along 31.5km, with a total of 43 stations proposed along the route. The stations will generally be located 400m to 600m from each other, keeping in mind the weather conditions of Karachi that make it difficult for pedestrians to walk long distances. The main mode of access to these stations will be zebra crossings with traffic lights.



The Red Line’s main corridor, which will run from Safoora to Tower, will have 38 stations at an approximate distance of 500 metres each. Passengers will be able to access the stations at zebra crossings. MAP: COURTESY ADB

Money matters

If all goes according to plan, each trip on the Red Line will cost Rs35. “The scheme is clearly viable,” said David. “The fare can be revised and subsidised by the government, even if only for specific groups such as the elderly or students.”
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I find it interesting that with your city planning a BRT line, not only you're planning a bus line, but also rebuilding an entire city. A few questions, though:

- What is the current ridership along the proposed line you've shown, and what's the rate of vehicular congestion along the line?
- Given that Phase 1 will have a branch towards the western portion of the line, will the line running southeast of QTC Hospital become another BRT line in the future when Phase 2 is complete?
- With bus stops spaced roughly 500m on average, how many people do you think will be using the system?
- Have the city and state governments decided on which bus types are to be used on the line?
- What, do you think, would be an appropriate frequency for your first BRT line (e.g. a bus comes every x minutes)?
- Are there any long-term plans that will spruce up the corridor further, not only in preparation for the BRT, but going beyond it (e.g. new buildings, more apartments, etc)?
- How will the BRT be integrated with the rest of Karachi's bus network, and how will this BRT system stand out to the rest of the world?
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I find it interesting that with your city planning a BRT line, not only you're planning a bus line, but also rebuilding an entire city. A few questions, though:

- What is the current ridership along the proposed line you've shown, and what's the rate of vehicular congestion along the line?
- Given that Phase 1 will have a branch towards the western portion of the line, will the line running southeast of QTC Hospital become another BRT line in the future when Phase 2 is complete?
- With bus stops spaced roughly 500m on average, how many people do you think will be using the system?
- Have the city and state governments decided on which bus types are to be used on the line?
- What, do you think, would be an appropriate frequency for your first BRT line (e.g. a bus comes every x minutes)?
- Are there any long-term plans that will spruce up the corridor further, not only in preparation for the BRT, but going beyond it (e.g. new buildings, more apartments, etc)?
- How will the BRT be integrated with the rest of Karachi's bus network, and how will this BRT system stand out to the rest of the world?

Here are your answers..

http://shehri.org/laws/Final%20Repor...20Line_opt.pdf
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http://www.nespak.com.pk/news/newsdetail.asp?id=3471


The median station design proposed by NESPAK for elevated section of BRT Yellow Line Karachi has been approved by the client Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) recently. This design will enable the BRT service to operate without any hindrance from passengers while crossing/approaching the median side station. In February 2014, KMC invited bids for pre-qualification of bidders/concessionaire for three separate components of the project i.e. infrastructure developer, bus operator, and ITS/fare collector. More than 20 bids were received, half of which were submitted by the international bidders from China, Turkey, Sweden, and UAE. NESPAK has completed the preliminary engineering design drawings and feasibility report and is presently evaluating the pre-qualification documents submitted by the bidders. The pre-qualified bidders will be provided the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for which NESPAK has prepared the technical evaluation criteria and specifications.

The proposed BRT Yellow Line is a part of integrated Mass Transit Master Plan, which will interface with other proposed BRT lines at Singer Chowrangi (Brown Line), Kalapul (Karachi Circular Railway), Numaish (Green and Blue Line), and People's Roundabout (Red Line).

NESPAK along with the JV partners KPMG (Lead) and Mohsin Tayebaly & Co. won this project after competitive bidding earlier in January 2013. Bus Rapid Transit System, Yellow Line Karachi route stretches over approximately 26 kilometers between Dawood Chowrangi and Numaish Chowrangi and Regal Chowk via 8000 Road, Korangi Road and FTC Building. It is expected that the system will cater for 150,000 passengers per day initially, which will go up to 250,000 passengers per day. The project is estimated to cost about Rs. 14 billion, which will be completed on Public–Private Partnership Mode.





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http://www.dawn.com/news/1241849/pm-...ne-bus-project

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PM Nawaz arrives in Karachi to inaugurate Green Line bus project

Dawn.com — Published about 2 hours ago

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Friday to perform the groundbreaking of the first phase of Karachi's Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

PM Nawaz arrives at Faisal air base. ─ DawnNews

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad Khan and Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar received the prime minister at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Faisal base.

The Green Line starts at Surjani Town and ends at Municipal Park, M.A. Jinnah Road and will benefit nearly 300,000 passengers per day, Radio Pakistan reported. The project is expected to be completed within one year.

The prime minister first announced the project at a high level meeting in July 2014. The project is to be completed with an estimated cost of Rs16.85 billion, which will be funded by the federal government, an official said earlier.

Also Read: Qaim asks Centre to bear all expenses of bus project

From inception to execution

The project aims to construct a bus-way, dedicated for BRTS vehicles, in the median of roads along the entire length of proposed route.

The bus stations will be built in the median, with ground-level and elevated sections with the purpose of providing high speed and high capacity service.

Seven corridors had been identified under the Karachi Master Plan for introducing the mass transit system.

The design capacity of the proposed BRT system with passing lanes provision will increase based on the number of direct and express services run between stations in the future, as required.

Special Assistant to the CM Omer Rehman Malik had said that the project, which would be a 26km-long route with 24 stations, had been designed to provide transport to 150,000 commuters daily and it would be completed by 2017.


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Green Line goes the extra mile

KARACHI:
Government officials heading the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project have rolled up their sleeves to design and plan the additional loop announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month during the project’s ground-breaking ceremony.

The city’s top architects and planners have been asked to give their input on the Green Line’s connectivity and supplementary transit services for serving the Central District Business (CDB) in Karachi. The Green Line BRT was originally planned to run in segregated lanes, from Surjani Town to Eid Gah intersection on MA Jinnah Road, from where, through a rotary flyover, it was supposed to turn back. The Blue Line BRT, which is supposed to run from Bahria Town, was supposed to take over the route till the Merewether Tower.


But due to delays in the Blue Line, the prime minister announced that the Green Line will be extended all the way to the CDB area. The project, worth Rs16 billion, is being funded by the federal government. Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui, chief of Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited (KIDCL), responsible for the building and execution of the Green Line BRT project, is of the opinion that they have to take the project to its logical end, which is Tower. He said if they turned the Green Line back right from Urdu Bazaar, the purpose of the project would not be fulfilled.

EA Consultants Pvt Ltd, which has designed the Green Line for KIDCL, is weighing options to take the Green Line to the CBD. For this purpose, they have come up with several routes.

First route

Dr Muhammad Tahir Soomro of EA consultants, also a former director of Karachi’s mass transit cell, shared extension plans during a brainstorming session on the Green Line’s design last Friday. He maintained that 500,000 people entered the CBD area daily and 550,000 exited every day.



In order to cater to such a vast number of commuters, Soomro proposed the Green Line enter the Saddar area from Kutchery Road all the way to Pakistan Chowk and then through Court Road, touching Sharae Liaquat, come back out on MA Jinnah Road. With this route plan, EA consultants believe the volume of passengers will increase by around 0.2 million people, which will reduce the cost of the government’s subsidy. In this area, the Green Line would run in mix traffic or could be separated by bollards on the road. This route, however, does not sit well with Ashar Lodhi, an operational consultant for both Green and Blue lines. According to him, the cost of each passenger in the bus is Rs150 per journey. If the passenger pays Rs50, he said the government would have to bear the rest as subsidy.



He explained that operating the Green Line BRT in mix traffic would exclude the ‘rapid’ aspect of the project. “If the Green Line is not rapid, you don’t need to construct such expensive infrastructure for it,” he said, adding that the 18-metre-long 24 buses – 12 of Green Line and as many of Blue Line – on II Chundrigar Road would reduce the operating speed.

He said the purpose of BRT will be defeated if passengers are forced to wait at the stops owing to buses being choked in Saddar’s traffic.

Second route

Another route under discussion is to take the Green Line all the way to Merewether Tower, with a low height underpass of 1.5 metre at Campbell Street. This route was designed by Exponent Engineering Pvt Ltd for the Blue Line.

Lodhi explained this route on a field trip for journalists arranged by the KIDCL on Tuesday. The Green Line, according to him, could go straight to Merewether Tower, after passing through Jamia Cloth, where MA Jinnah Road becomes one-way. The right of way here is 25 to 30 metres.

Walking on the crowded MA Jinnah Road, bustling with illegal parking, Lodhi explained to members of the academia, architects, urban planners and civil society members who had come to give their input on the ‘all important’ project, that there will be two stations in that loop: one at Boulton Market and the other at Merewether Tower.



He said eight parking plazas could be constructed in the additional loop to make MA Jinnah Road a parking-free zone. Right after Campbell Street, Lodhi proposed that till the Tower, MA Jinnah Road would have to be turned into a pedestrian zone, with the Green Line running in the center at low speed, separated with bollards. This area, according to him, is 1.4 kilometres in length. For traffic that is supposed to go beyond Jinnah Bridge, Lodhi explained that the traffic could run on two parallel roads, Sharae Liaquat and Nishtar Road. He pointed out that without turning these two corridors free of encroachment and parking, the Green Line could not get to its logical end.


After the Tower, he proposed the Green Line turn back from the rotary Jinnah Bridge and return to MA Jinnah Road.

Third route

In order to facilitate more passengers, the third plan is to take the Green Line to II Chundrigar Road from Jinnah Bridge, all the way to the General Post Office. Then, from Muhammad Bin Qasim Road, touching the Sharae Liaquat, it will land again on MA Jinnah Road. This plan too does not sit well with most urban planners due to congestion on the route and increased operating speed of the Green Line.
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KARACHI: The life of one of the oldest flyovers of the city, the Board Office flyover in Nazimabad, is set to come to an end as authorities seek to destroy it to make space for the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

The federal government’s Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited (KIDCL), responsible for constructing the Rs16 billion project, has divided the task into four packages.

The demolition of the Board Office flyover comes under package number two, which costs Rs1,084 million, according to KIDCL’s chief financial officer Bilal Memon. The said package, Memon explained, includes three flyovers at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi and KDA Chowrangi.

The tender for construction of all the flyovers, as well as flattening of the Board Office flyover, has already been awarded, he informed, adding that the demolition is expected to begin in June.
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