Mumbai BRTS

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Mumbai BRTS
Locale Mumbai, India
Transit type Bus rapid transit
Number of lines 1 (planned)
Operator(s) Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport

Mumbai BRTS is a bus rapid transit system in Mumbai, India.


The project was taken up by the MCGM, B.E.S.T Undertaking, and MMRDA to ease the traffic conditions of Mumbai and improve bus services. A BRTS fleet consisting of the BEST Undertaking's CNG powered JCBL Cerita buses, Tata Starbuses, and Tata Marcopolo Buses was introduced in 2008. However, the BRTS did not have dedicated lanes and had to share roads with regular traffic with no right of way privileges. This resulted in a system that was a BRTS only in name.

The project to provide a BRTS with dedicated lanes was first proposed in 2003. The MMRDA planned the BRTS between Bandra and Dahisar on the Western Express Highway and between Sion and Mulund check naka on the Eastern Express Highway. MMRDA asked BEST to carry the project forward. However, no further action was taken. Complaints about the Delhi and Pune BRTS, prompted the MMRDA to put the project on hold.[1]

On 7 September 2012, BEST announced that it would implement BRTS with dedicated lanes on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road (GMLR).[2] The project will cost INR2070.9 million (US$35 million) and will require widening of the GMLR and concretisation of the service road.[3] The BRTS is expected to start operating in 2014.

The older BEST Air-Conditioned buses introduced in 1998 are still used on the BRTS routes.
The New Air-conditioned Low-Floor Tata Marcopolo Starbus buses being used on Mumbai BRTS routes.
The new CNG-powered JCBL Cerita, buses operated by the BEST on Mumbai BRTS routes.

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