Hubli-Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System
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|Locale||Hubballi-Dharwad, Karnataka, India|
|Transit type||Bus rapid transit|
|Number of lines||6 (trunk and feeder) |
|Number of stations||33|
|Began operation||2 October 2018|
|Operator(s)||Hubballi – Dharwad BRTS Company Ltd|
|Number of vehicles||70|
|System length||22 kilometres (14 mi) (70 km proposed)|
Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS (also known as HDBRTS) is a bus rapid transit system being built to serve the twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad, located in the North-Western part of Karnataka state in India. The construction is funded by the Government of Karnataka, while the operation and maintenance work will be done by Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) in association with Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).
A 4-lane 'throughout' bus corridor of length 22 km is built running in the middle of an 8-lane freeway (expressway) which includes two lanes for mixed traffic in both the directions. The width of the corridor will vary from 44.0 meters to 24.5 meters. Four flyovers and underpasses for regular traffic are planned at Unkal Lake, Unkal-Cross Road, Bairidevarakoppa, and Navanagar.
A total of 33 bus stations are planned, of which 12 stations will be located on 44.0 m wide express corridor which will start from Taj Hotel (Naveen Hotel), Hubballi and end at Gandhinagar Cross, Dharwad.
Bus stations will be 4 meters wide, and will be located at the middle of the BRT corridor.
Each station will act as reference point for GPS, and will have LED Displays to display the schedule of arrival / departure of buses.
- BRT Depot, Hubballi
- BRT Terminal, Hubballi
- OCBS Terminal, Dharwad
- Central Workshop, Dharwad
- Interchange at Hosur
Integrated Transit Management Systems
- GPS based vehicle tracking system.
- Passenger Information System.
- LED and audio announcement in buses.
- LED Display for schedules of arrival / departure at bus-stations.
- RFID based automated door.
- Off-board ticketing for real time schedule management.
Ridership and fleet size projections over next two decades
|Year ending||Annual Ridership||Fleet size.|
Around 270 "Chigari"; ಚಿಗರಿ (which means deer in Kannada), custom built buses with violet livery, made by UD Buses (A subsidiary of the Volvo Group) form the fleet of the Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS Company.
HDBRTS commenced trial run on October 2, 2018, after missing years of deadlines. The first trial run was initiated over a 8 km stretch between Hubballi Railway Station and Srinagar. The trial runs slowly extended over the 20 km stretch between Hubballi and Dharwad. Different types of bus routes were introduced during the trial run, like all stops, limited stops and non stop.
Even though the trial runs have begun and most of the civil works are completed, there is still some civil construction work left over.
- "BRTS trial run tomorrow - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
- "All set for official launch of BRTS, says MD - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2018.