A BRT System
Bus rapid transit is an enhanced bus based concept with dedicated bus lanes that has been successfully implemented in many cities worldwide providing high quality, efficient and safe public transport services to ensure mobility and access for everybody. The north section of the BRT Line 3 corridor will cover a distance of 20.2km between Airport, Tongi and Shibbari Gazipur. The BRT corridor from the Airport to Gazipur will have 1 BRT lane in each direction located in the middle of the road and only for the use of BRT buses. Besides the BRT lanes from Airport to Shibbari Gazipur, the corridor is being upgraded and widened with 2 mixed traffic lane in each direction, 1 non-motorized transport lane and 1 pedestrian footpath in each direction, improved feeder roads and better drainage along its entire length.
Due to this road widening and the provision of dedicated BRT lanes, the BRT buses will not obstruct other traffic in the corridor because sufficient provision of U-turn and right/left turns for mixed traffic provision are also provided under the flyovers and overpasses. The BRT will be an important tool to improve the landscape and environment of north Dhaka by improving overall traffic management, segregating non-motorized transport lanes, installing energy efficient street lighting and developing high capacity drainage along the entire length of the corridor.
Six fly-overs are under construction along the corridor for better traffic flow. Six lane elevated sections including 4.5km BRT lanes from House Building to Cherag are being constructed. The existing 4 lane Tongi Bridge is being constructed as 10 lane bridge including 1 lane in each direction dedicated to the BRT. There will be a ramp down from the Tongi Bridge to Abdullahpur Ashulia Road.