Amritsar MetroBus (Amritsar BRTS) is the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Amritsar MetroBus allows easy travel to different places in city like the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Guru Nanak Dev University and Khalsa College for nominal fares. The time gap or frequency between two buses on the same route is five minutes..Amritsar MetroBus is the second rapid transit project in North of India after Delhi Metro
|Transit type||Bus rapid transit|
|Number of lines||7|
|Number of stations||47|
|Chief executive||Public Works Department, Amritsar|
|Headquarters||Amritsar, Punjab, India|
|Began operation||28 January 2019|
|Operator(s)||Punjab Bus Metro Society (250 employees)|
|Number of vehicles||93|
|System length||31 km (19 mi)|
|Top speed||21 km/h (13 mph)|
Construction and OperationEdit
The project was commenced on 19 September 2013 and was launched on 28 January 2019 with the cost of ₹545 crore (US$79 million). Construction work started on 26 February 2015. In September 2016, 90% of work was completed. Amritsar BRTS is based on Ahmedabad BRTS model and was constructed on the lines of Metrobus (Istanbul). Volvo Buses showed its interest in BRTS project at the holy city of Amritsar. The Amritsar MetroBus operates with 93 Air-conditioned AT buses by Tata Marcopolo. After the launch MetroBus recorder ridership of 41000 passengers within one week. Amritsar BRTS authorities sold more than 8,000 smart cards to daily passengers within a week. The transportation system is completely free for school students in uniform up to senior secondary classes. After launch, for first three month project was free of cost for commuters.
Some of the key features of Amritsar BRTS are:
- Automatic Doors at metro Stations for passengers safety.
- Overheard bridges for pedestrians
- Two different lanes for movement of buses in both directions.
- Intersections will act as boarding place for the buses.
- Complete Air conditioned buses.
- Automated doors of all buses.
- Lifts for commuters at Metro Stations on elevated corridor.
- A special Metro smart Card similar to that like in Metro Rails.
- Smart Announcements at Metro Stations and in Metro Buses similar to those in Metro Raiways.
- Retrofitted Metro Stations on elevated corridor.
- Atari Road – ISBT to India Gate via Bhandari Bridge, GNDU, Chheharta (12 km)
- Jalandhar Road – ISBT to MCA Gate via Tarawalan Pul (6 km)
- Verka Road – ISBT to Verka via Hussainpura Bridge, G. T. Road Bypass (13 km)
- Sham Singh Attari Wala gate and Bhandari Bridge to India Gate
- Bhandari Bridge to Daburji
- Daburji Bypass to Verka
- Verka to Celebration Mall
- Celebration Mall to Sant Singh Sukha Singh Chowk
- 4S Chowk to Kitchlu Chowk
- Kitchlu Chowk to Old Sadar Police Station
In February 2019, citizens demanded service to be extended to Circular road due to frequent traffic congestion in the area.
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