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BMTC Issues - From RCA perspective - 3

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Few of the points mentioned in the survey  (in second set) is about bus stands/stops. 

1) Dirty and sad bus stands, do not like waiting there

2) Very hard to walk to and from the Bus Stands

We shall through some light on these items from RCA perspective.

Effect : Do not like waiting there. 


1) No adequate shelter(sad bus stands)

      - Damaged roofing

      - No roofing

 2) Poor furniture

   - Demolishing in progress

   - Repair

   - Damaged or vandalized

   - Unclean and not usable

   - Sharp edges or broken edges

   - Very old

   - No disabled friendly furnitures/path


3) Not Clean due to

     - Spitting (Pan and simple)

     - Food stuff thrown

     - Animal and human waste

     - Lots of dust

     - Construction work

     - Ugly posters and spit marks on them. 

    ... And the list grows specially for this, as there are lot of ways we (the people) can keep it unclean.

4) No space(Crowded) due to

    - Bus stop too small for crowd handling

5) Eve Teasing or Security threats due to

          - No lighting or Poor Lighting

          - Bad guys around

          - Dangerous/Remote location of bus stop

6) Fruit and other shops have occupied bus stop or extended shops into bus stop

7) Buses wont stop there because of  these reasons

8) Cows and Dogs have occupied bus stop

9) People using bus stops as footpath, so can not use for waiting

10) All other people waiting away from bus stop. Hence no use in waiting in bus stop. Joining the crowd is better option. (Is this a cause or effect?)

11) There is no bus stop at all. Its just a designated place as bus stop.

Effect : Very hard to walk to and from the Bus Stands

This is a relative issue. For example this will not be an issue for person whose house is nearby. An older/ill/disabled people may find hard to walk even bus stand is nearby. Rich people may always say hard to walk etc. Probably RCA will not help here.


1) Person is old/ill/disabled

2) Person is too rich/reluctant to walk. 

3) Its a prestige issue to walk too far  to bus stand. If someone says I walk to bus stop, its an social issue :)

4) Bus stop is located more than 0.5 km away from a person's house/office

5) No footpath to walk (without tension)

6) No lights in night to walk freely to bus stop

7) Bad season ( Rain etc)


Again, further analysis possible



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I.Design Features
     The design should coform to Norms/Standards  such as Indian Roads Congress Norms as applicable.

 1. The shelter should be designed for the utility and convenience of the users/bus commuters
 2. The design should protect the users from sun & rain. So the height and roof/ceiling should be
    made to suit the angle of the sun light and showers. The height should not be too much.
 3. The name of the bus stop should be written on all three sides.
 4. The name should be written in both Kannada and English.
 5. The letter size should be large enough to be read from a distance.
 6. The writing should be at eye level of passengers sitting inside the bus.
 7. The board should be lighted suitably for easy reading at night.
 8. Inside the shelter bus route information including the destinations and time schedules should be provided.
 9. In case any advertisements are allowed, the space for such ads should not exceed 50% of the total available
     space so that priority is given to the required information.
 10.The level of the floor of the platform should at the same level of the bus floor/ steps for easy boarding and
     alighting of commuters, esp. senior citizens and disabled.

II. Location of Shelter
 1. The location should be decided in consultation with the commuters through Commuters Forum/ Residents
    Association of the area.
 2. The Traffic Police, BMTC and BBMP should be involved in deciding the location.
 3. In general the distance between two bus stops should be approx. 500 meters.
 4. The shelter should not be located too clse to the traffic signal as it creates traffic jam esp.
     at peak hours and the buses cannot approach the stops easily.
 5. Sufficient distance should be provided between the signal and the bus stop. The shelter should be preferably
    after the signal, not before.
 6. Wherever there is more bus traffic more than one shelter should beprovided and the buses should be
     bifurcated according to the destinations.
 7. No overtaking of buses should be allowed at bus stops.
 8. To ensure that the buses stop properly humps should provided at proper locations.
 9. Wherever sufficient space is available suitable approach bays should be provide so that the buses stop
    close to the platform without obstructing other traffic.

III. Other requirements
 1. At every bus stop pedestrian crossing (zebra marking with raised level) should be provided.
 2. Wherever there are one-ways the reverse route should not be more than 500 meters from the forward
     route. If there is no such road available the one-way should be eliminated.9:00 PM 4/20/2010

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Bus Shelters

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BMTC have clarified as below-

"Dear Sir,
        With respect to your mail this is to inform that Construction / Maintenance of existing bus shelters comes under BBMP authorities, it is requested to approach the said authority in this regards.
Looking forward for your continued patronage
With regards


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