Day 1 of BRT: Smooth run,some glitches

Traffic was held up during the trial run for evaluation of the performance of Bus Rapid Transit lanes,which was begun on Saturday in the Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand corridor. Since the BRT lane barricades were not removed,several confused commuters ended up on the wrong lanes.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: May 13, 2012 2:24 am

Traffic was held up during the trial run for evaluation of the performance of Bus Rapid Transit lanes,which was begun on Saturday in the Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand corridor. Since the BRT lane barricades were not removed,several confused commuters ended up on the wrong lanes.

Vehicles turning right were supposed to move on the former BRT lanes,while those heading straight or left were supposed to be on other lanes. However,traffic was held up at intersections due to the lack of signage announcing this change.

For the next five days,all lanes will be open for vehicles. Traffic signals will also be common as opposed to the earlier system of having separate signals for buses and other vehicles.

“Due to the confusion,the vehicles going straight towards Ambedkar Nagar were caught up in traffic heading to Saket at the Sheikh Sarai intersection,” an official on duty said.

A similar pattern was observed at the Chirag Dilli intersection,where vehicles turning right towards Nehru Place ended up in the left lane while vehicles going straight towards Siri Fort were on the right lane.

Few vehicles were seen taking the old BRT lanes. Most vehicles piled up on the left lanes.

A commuter,Chandra,told Newsline,“We are getting confused because of these barricades and medians in between. If it looks like a normal road without any dividers,then it will be much easier to understand. We are used to the old system and even if we had to turn right,we still took the left lane.”

Dr S Velmurugan,senior CRRI scientist heading the BRT study team,said,“Since this is the first day of the trail run,it will take time for people to get acclimatised to the changes. We will put up more signs to help direct people. By Sunday,we will get to know of any other problems during this soft launch and make changes accordingly. The trial run will take place till Thursday and our assessment will then be placed before the court.”

He said that the team running the trial run has ensured that the facilities for pedestrians are intact.

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