Transferring Ownership to ‘Ahmedabad-Jan’, the People of Ahmedabad

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By Shivanand Swamy. Presented at Day One of Transforming Transportation 2010. Washington, D.C. January 14, 2010.
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Transferring Ownership to ‘Ahmedabad-Jan’, the People of Ahmedabad

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  2. 2. Transferring ownership to ‘Ahmedabad-Jan’, the people of Ahmedabad<br />Prof. H.M. ShivanandSwamy<br />CEPT University <br />
  3. 3. Dear Sirs,<br />I am sorry to say that BRTS Corridor is an example of stupidity in design. CEPT, Ahmedabad must be a good option for theoretical approach, but in practicality, their design proved worthless……<br />Dear Mr. Jayaraj,<br />Thank you for taking interest in BRTS project and writing to us about your concerns. There are pros and cons in aligning over-bridges/flyovers along or across the ring road. / Naroda-Narol Highway. ……..<br />Hope this clarifies your doubts. If you require further details, you may write to us/call me on my mobile: 9825407505/ or you may visit CEPT after calling me……..<br /> We welcome your suggestions.<br />Dear Sir,Thank you for the clarifications.  While you have to consider multiple issues, I thought only of my smooth travel from Akhbar Nagar to IIM junction. Wishing you all the best for your endeavors.I once again thank you so much for making the time to reply.<br />
  4. 4. THREE MONTHS OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS<br />OPENED ON October 14, 2009.<br />18 Kilometers<br />Closed System, external fare collection<br />Operating Time: 6.00 am to 11.00 pm<br />Frequency/Headway: <br />Peak: 4 Minutes<br />Intermediary Peak: 6 Min and 8 min<br />Off Peak : 10 min<br />Number of buses /daily 23<br />Daily avg no. of Passengers – 32 to 35, 000 (Increased from 18000)<br />Avg. Bus Kms – 226 (increased from 207 km – first week)<br />Avg. Earning / day INR 1,60, 000/- (Increased from INR 75,000)<br />Avg. Earning /bus/ day INR 7226/- (Increased from INR 4502)<br />Avg. Pass. /bus/ day 1536/- (Increased from 962)<br />Operating Speeds – Peak 26 to 29 KMPH<br />
  5. 5. PROCESS<br />Sharing Reports, presentations, news letters<br />International Visits<br />Workshops, Seminars, Meetings<br />Prototype & Trials<br />Media Response<br />
  6. 6. People knows the arithmetic<br />Metro Rail system (6 kms. only)<br />Bus Rapid Transit system (88.8 kms.) <br />We are seeking transport solutions and not a technology<br />
  7. 7. JANMARG – COMPREHENSIVE<br />To upgrade the overall mobility of the city<br />NETWORK and Not Corridors<br />Connectivity of important origin and destinations<br />Catalyst for area development<br />low income, low accessibility zones (old walled city)<br />Availability of right of way to build infrastructure<br />Formation of strong network for flexible route operations<br />Overall impact of transit on city<br />Connect ‘busy places’ but avoid ‘busy roads’<br />Chandkheda<br />Narodavillage<br />Sola RoB<br />Widened CW<br />RTO<br />Naroda<br />Widened RoW<br />AEC<br />Iscon circle<br />Memnagar<br />Thakkarbapanagar<br />New Roads<br />Bopal<br />KalupurRly. Stn.<br />Odhav<br />Soninichaali<br />Nehrunagar<br />Elevated corridor<br />Shivranjani<br />ManinagarRly. stn,.<br />ShreyasRoB<br />One-way loop (adopted due to less RoW)<br />CTM<br />Jashodanagar<br />Ghodasar<br />Vatva<br />Narol<br />New River bridge<br />RoB Constructed (Phase 1)<br />Proposed RoB/ RuB (Phase 2)<br />Flyovers (phase 1)<br />Proposed Flyovers (phase 2)<br />Increasing the stake holder base: Citywide, <br />
  8. 8. 1. List of Working Papers<br />www.egovamc.comwww.Ahmedabadbrts.comwww.cept.ac.in<br />Landuse restructuring<br />Vehicle technology<br />Roadway design<br />Bus stop design and locations<br />Environment Impact Assessment<br />Road utilities<br />Pavement design<br />Fare collection<br />Traffic volume characteristics<br />Travel demand and route plan<br />Economic and financial analysis<br />Route rationalization<br />Institutional Aspects<br />DPR, Presentations<br />
  9. 9. Easy to Understand BRT Usage manual<br />
  10. 10. 2. Learningsfrom Visits to BRT cities worldwide<br />Delegates from AMC, Standing committee and members of Planning and Design team<br />Municipal Councilors to Singapore (150 people)<br />Bogota, Perreira, London, Beijing, Hongzhou, Jakarta, Singapore, Seoul<br />SEEING WHAT IT IS QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE MEANS<br />
  11. 11. 3. Stakeholders Consultations<br />Workshop January 20-25th, 2000<br />Series of Consultations, Feb 02 -03<br />Specific consultations on BRT:<br />August 2005<br />Bus manufacturers and experts consultations, 2006<br />International workshop on BRT held in Ahmedabad, September 2007<br />Directors Forum (2 meetings)<br />
  12. 12. BRT Workshop, August - 2005<br />First workshop on 24th August, 2005 jointly organised by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB), Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority and CEPT University.<br />What was discussed:<br />Priority BRT corridors<br />Basic design/ infrastructure elements<br />Implementation strategies<br />Potential bus operators<br />Auto rickshaw Operators<br />Opinion makers, Government of India, Government of Gujarat <br />
  13. 13. Vehicle technology Workshop, Oct-2005, Dec, 2006<br />Second workshop on the vehicle technology held on 28th October 2005, jointly organised by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB), Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority and CEPT University<br />Objective: Getting Bus Operators Ready for our needs<br />Bus Manufacturers – Presented their offer<br />Sate Road Transport officials<br />Municipal Transport Officials<br />Bus Operators (Local & regional)<br />Institutions (CRRI, IIT Delhi, IIM)<br />
  14. 14. Workshops<br />International workshop on BRT, September 2007 – Exchange of ideas<br />An international workshop was held in September 2007 by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation with Ministry of Urban Development support to discuss the plans of the 11 Indian cities where BRTS plans are underway. The event was attended by officials of the Ministry, state and urban local bodies and several international experts. Detailed technical deliberations were held over 3 days and concluded with specific inputs for each city.<br />
  15. 15. Exhibitions<br />JANMARG display at GIHED Property show, February 2008<br />The Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (GIHED) had organised a property mega show which dispalyed models and work panels.<br />
  16. 16. Exhibitions<br />JANMARG display at VIBRANT Gujarat, January 2009<br />
  17. 17. 4. Demonstration – proto type<br />
  18. 18. Prototype Bus station <br />Bus station Prototype<br />Prototype BRT station at GMDC <br />Scrutiny by planning and design experts and delegates <br />Public accessibility and feedback<br />Inspection of construction details and quality<br />Inspection and installation of IT applications namely, automatic doors and synchronization with bus, RFID technology, LED displays, Public Information systems, Turnstiles with readers for smart cards<br />
  19. 19. JANMARG – Trial runs<br /><ul><li>Janmarg trial runs began on RTO to Pirana BRT corridor (12 kms.) 3 months prior to operations in October, 2009.
  20. 20. To allow the passengers to understand the system and its applications
  21. 21. No fares collected from the passengers
  22. 22. To help the drivers for safe and comfortable ride and proper maneuvering and docking at bus stations
  23. 23. To check the physical aspects and allow the scope for rectifications before the system operationalizes
  24. 24. To understand public opinions and feedback</li></li></ul><li>BRT Trial Run Review<br />AUG.&SEPT. 09<br />Signals revised<br />Public getting used to BRTS<br />Decrease in free riders.<br />Use for specific purpose<br />More free riders<br />More waiting time at junctions<br />Observations <br />22,000<br />17,000<br />19-22,000<br />Avg.pax / day<br />Boarding Alighting<br />Boarding Alighting,<br />Docking, Users <br />Boarding Alighting<br />Arrival Destination<br />Surveys <br />Morning: 27 km/hr<br />Evening: 25 km/hr<br />Morning: 22 km/hr<br />Evening: 20 km/hr<br />Morning: 24 km/hr<br />Evening: 22 km/hr<br />Speed<br />5 bus stop skips<br />Only 1 skips<br />Almost ready, turnstile, Ticketing, Doors<br />Bus stops<br />Frequency<br />No schedule<br />5, 8, 10 mins.<br />6, 8, 10 mins.<br />Buses<br />18-20<br />14<br />14<br />Full day from 7:00 AM TO 10:00 PM <br />Morning: 6 hrs<br />Evening: 6.5 hrs<br />Morning: 6 hrs<br />Evening: 5 hrs<br />Operating time<br />BRT Trial run starts<br />Full day schedule<br />with 5 min. freq.<br />All bus stops except 1, start operation<br />SEPTEMBER<br />AUGUST<br />JULY<br />
  25. 25. BRT rides for School children<br />
  26. 26. JANMARG DURING NAVRATRI <br />
  27. 27. JANMARG DURING NAVRATRI<br />
  28. 28. Thank God for BRTS. I avoided the traffic jam around the venue. People had parked bikes halfway into the road creating bottlenecks. I avoided being stressed out by taking the bus. – BhavinChoksy who came with his family <br />The BRTS, which sees 15,000 passengers during normal days, ferried 33,000 Amdavadis during Navratri <br />Why waste time in traffic? With its dedicated corridor, the bus reaches faster. And if you miss one bus, another will be along in a few minutes. And, it is absolutely free – Narayan Kothari, resident of Vastral<br />
  29. 29. Times Campaign – A critical check on BRT trial runs<br />
  30. 30. Here’s what we wrote<br />Shri. Utpal Padia, Ex. Director, Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd. (AJL)<br />Members of American Planning Association (APA)<br />Prof. H.M.Shivanand Swamy, Asso. Director, CEPT.<br />Shri. G. Raghuram, Professor, IIM, Ahmedabad<br />
  31. 31. “Ahmedabad traffic to lose a lane but gain a huge leeway ”<br /> – Shri. O.P. Agarwal<br />“Ahmedabad BRTS has best marketing strategy ”<br /> – Shri. S. K. Lohia<br />
  32. 32. JANMARG – Delegates’ visits<br />Members of American Planning Association on their visit to Janmarg<br />Visit to BRT by Enrique Penalosa<br />Dr. Ramachandran, Secy, MOUD, Govt. of India, on his visit to BRT bus station<br />
  33. 33. Visits by Experts from all over the world<br />“I declare Ahmedabad BRT as the first full-fledged BRT system in India ” – Dario Hidalgo<br />“Ahmedabad BRT system will transform people’s lives and the way they move in the city” <br />– Enrique Penalosa<br />
  34. 34. THREE MONTHS OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS<br />OPENED ON October 14, 2009.<br />18 Kilometers<br />Closed System, external fare collection<br />Operating Time: 6.00 am to 11.00 pm<br />Frequency/Headway: <br />Peak: 4 Minutes<br />Intermediary Peak: 6 Min and 8 min<br />Off Peak : 10 min<br />Number of buses /daily 23<br />Daily avg no. of Passengers – 32 to 35, 000 (Increased from 18000)<br />Avg. Bus Kms – 226 (increased from 207 km – first week)<br />Avg. Earning / day INR 1,60, 000/- (Increased from INR 75,000)<br />Avg. Earning /bus/ day INR 7226/- (Increased from INR 4502)<br />Avg. Pass. /bus/ day 1536/- (Increased from 962)<br />Operating Speeds – Peak 26 to 29 KMPH<br />
  35. 35. BRTS Experience to leaders of the society<br />Special BRT rides for:<br />School children<br />Physically challenged<br />Visually impaired<br />Doctors<br />Industrialists<br />Religious leaders<br />Technical experts and delegations’ visit<br />Officers of Government of Gujarat with their family <br />Members of Parliament, Legislative assembly<br />
  36. 36. Visit to BRT by Religious leaders of all sects<br />Visit to BRT by eminent Industrialists of Ahmedabad<br />Visit to BRT by eminent Doctors of Ahmedabad<br />
  37. 37. Common Man of Gujarat with Common People of Ahmedabad<br />Surprise visit by Hon. Chief Minister Shri. NarendraModi<br />
  38. 38. “BRT gifts First Lady driver to the state of Gujarat ”<br />“System Operators and not just Drivers.. ”<br />
  39. 39. Passenger Feedback and responses<br />“Ab BUS karo..” <br />- Times Public Poll, Times of India, Ahmedabad<br />18 % 2 wheeler, 6% car users shift to BRT!<br />“Thumbs UP to BRT..” <br />- Times Public Poll, Times of India, Ahmedabad<br />“Comfort, Punctuality and Affordability make Ahmedabadis hope on to BRTS..” <br />- Times Public Poll, Times of India, Ahmedabad<br />
  40. 40. JANMARG User Feedback/ Satisfaction Survey<br />Current BRT Users: Previous Mode<br />1st month<br />(15 Oct ‘09 – 14 Nov ‘09)<br />2nd month<br />(15 Nov ‘09 – 15 Dec ‘09)<br />3rd month<br />(16 Dec ‘09 –till 7 Jan ‘10)<br /><ul><li>Sample Size : 300
  41. 41. Male – 58%
  42. 42. Female – 42%
  43. 43. Sample Size : 300
  44. 44. Male – 58%
  45. 45. Female – 42%
  46. 46. Sample Size : 100
  47. 47. Male – 61%
  48. 48. Female – 39% </li></ul>Max. transfer is from AMTS<br />
  49. 49. JANMARG User Feedback/ Satisfaction Survey<br />Avg. Rating given to BRTS by users <br />for 1st month: 8.34 out of 10<br />for 2nd month: 8.88 out of 10<br />for 3rd month: 9.1 out of 10<br />
  50. 50. JANMARG - User Feedback/ Satisfaction Survey<br />Average Rating given by users to BRTS (Janmarg)<br />Source : Passenger feedback survey, CEPT University, Ahmedabad<br />3rd month<br />(16 Dec ‘09 –till 7 Jan ‘10)<br />2nd month<br />(15 Nov ‘09 – 15 Dec ‘09)<br />9.1 / 10<br />1st month<br />(15 Oct ‘09 – 14 Nov ‘09)<br />8.88 / 10<br />8.34 / 10<br />
  51. 51. THANK YOU..<br />

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