Lessons for Africa: India’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Lab
Like many African cities, Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, is at the turnstile of urbanisation. Recognising the need to augment the existing inadequate public transport, authorities are considering implementing a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the city. In the first week of October, a 13-member high-level delegation from Addis Ababa visited India with the aim of learning from similar projects in Indian cities. The delegation visited Ahmedabad, Indore and Bhopal to learn about the successes and challenges faced by these cities in developing and operating the BRT.
Bhopal New Cycle Track Constrcution Visit. Photo by WRI India
When Indian cities were in the process of developing BRT, they went on similar study trips. The observations and interactions with officials and BRT operators in other cities, and the documentation and exchange of experiences are helpful in improving planning and implementation.
This trip, supported by the Bloomberg Initiative of Global Road Safety to study the BRTs in Indian cities, helped decision makers and professionals from Addis Ababa identify and address similar issues and opportunities. This sharing of international experiences accelerates the learning curve of national and local authorities and sector professionals and will help Addis Ababa in developing a high-quality, safe, and efficient Bus Rapid Transit System.
Originally published on WRI India