Hubli-Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System

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Hubballi-Dharwad BRTS
ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ-ಧಾರವಾಡ ಬಿ.ಆರ್.ಟೀ.ಎಸ್ Metropolitan transport (METRO)
Area servedHubballi-Dharwad
LocaleHubballi-Dharwad, Karnataka, India
Transit typeBus rapid transit
Number of lines6 (trunk and feeder) [1]
Number of stations33
Daily ridership60000
Began operation2 October 2018
Operator(s)Hubballi – Dharwad BRTS Company Ltd
Number of vehicles70
System length22 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).

BRT corridor[edit]

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.

Bus stations[edit]

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.

Supporting infrastructure[edit]

  • BRT Depot, Hubballi
  • BRT Terminal, Hubballi
  • OCBS Terminal, Dharwad
  • Central Workshop, Dharwad
  • Interchange at Hosur

Integrated Transit Management Systems[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Year ending Annual Ridership Fleet size.
2014 237968 190
2015 259385 208
2016 280135 224
2017 302546 242
2018 323724 259
2019 346385 277


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.

Project status[edit]

HDBRTS commenced trial run on October 2, 2018, after missing years of deadlines.[2] 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.[3]


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  2. ^ "BRTS trial run tomorrow - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "All set for official launch of BRTS, says MD - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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