4 Description of Feasibility Study Tasks

Chapter 2 – Existing Transportation System in the City

Describe the existing components of the urban transport system in terms of accessibility, costs, traffic congestion etc.

2.1 Vehicle Growth and Composition: This should focus on the growth of motorized transport, starting with the rise in private vehicles (two-wheeled and four), the age and size of the bus fleet (including mini-buses and vans/para transit), the decline/increase in public transport passengers and the changes in operating speeds (which directly and proportionately affect public transport fleet capacity).

2.2 Road Network Characteristics: This should present the main corridors and arterials, preferably in the form of a map, including any new building expected to be completed in the short-term (in other words, within the HCBRT Implementation timeframe).

2.3 Major Transportation Nodes: This covers any railway stations, ISBT, airport, intercity bus terminals and urban bus terminals. In order to assess the interaction between the HCBRT proposals and these major nodes, data on the numbers of passengers handled at these sites should be given.

2.4 Markets: Popular markets are often large traffic generators. These should be indicated using maps and tables, giving their main activity (food, clothing, etc) and their size in hectares.

2.5 Urban Public Transportation System: This should include a description of the fleet size, types of unit in operation, status and trends in terms of service, overall route plan, fare levels, passengers carried per average workday, financial performance of the main companies and institutional framework. If possible, the following information should be collected for each organization or company operating on the corridor (with or without legal formalization):

  • Association type
  • Administrative structure
  • Operational structure
  • Participation by type of service and vehicle in the total corridor demand
  • Coverage (by route or area)
  • Fare collection and distribution
  • Operational costs
  • Maintenance costs

2.6 Pedestrian and NMV Facilities: These are often non-existent, but, if there are pedestrian-only streets, bicycle or rickshaw ways/lanes, these should be described and presented in map format.

2.7 Traffic Management Including Parking Management: This section should describe what measures are in place and how they are effectively managed. Of particular interest to HCBRT projects are questions of traffic control – the technology used in signals, method of green time calculation, number of programs used during the average workday and level of user observance; loading and unloading restrictions – where these apply and how they are enforced; and on-street parking controls – where they apply and how they are enforced.

2.8 Traffic Characteristics: On all the main corridors, there should be data on volumes, traffic composition, speed and delays, and any major pedestrian and NMV movements. Restrictions on pedestrian crossings may be a critical factor in the design and operation of HCBRT; hence any existing experience with median barriers or other canalization methods should be highlighted.

2.9 Traffic Safety: Questions of traffic safety relating to major transport corridors should be highlighted. In particular concerning the existing bus network (conflicts with other vehicles or pedestrians), pedestrian conflicts in general and accidents at all controlled or uncontrolled junctions on the corridors under consideration for HCBRT operation.

2.10 Intermediate Public Transit System: Composition, status and role: The number of passengers in three-wheeled taxis or other significant forms of transit that should be given – in particular their importance in relation to the main corridors being evaluated.

2.11 Street Hawkers: The space occupied by street hawkers – especially at downtown terminals or major traffic generators – can be significant. Any influence that this activity may have on the HCBRT corridors should be mentioned.

2.12 Gender and Other Issues and Prospects: If there is an issue relating to female accessibility to public transport units, this may be of importance in discussing the planned operation of HCBRT – in which a certain section of the units may be reserved for ‘women only’.

2.13 Other On-Going Studies and Projects: There should be a brief description of other on-going transportation projects in the study area, including the provision of new infrastructure (roads, widening etc., other mass transit projects and their status, completed projects and available data etc.)

2.14 Other issues: Other issues may be discussed as appropriate.

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