In order to develop Karachi’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $235 million in loans. The aim is to develop it with innovative energy and climate resilient features. It is will improve the access of people to quality public transport.
The project will deliver 26.6-kilometer (km) Bus Rapid Transit Line Red Line corridor. The facilities part of the corridor will benefit over 1.5 million people. It is expected that daily 300,000 passengers will be accommodated on the Red Line BRT routes.
Two $100 million loans from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Development will be administered by ADB.
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ADB Principal Urban Development Specialist (Transport) for Central and West Asia Mr. David Margonsztern said,
“There is a need for a more sustainable, reliable, safe, and gender and environment-friendly transportation system in a city as dense and rapidly growing as Karachi. A sustainable transportation system will not only solve the city’s mobility issue but also its growing pollution problem. The BRT system, with its innovative features, will address all these issues, improving the overall quality of lives of people in the city.”
29 stations will be constructed and mixed-traffic roadway will be improved with 6 lanes in each direction. On-street parking and landscaped green areas will be included in different locations.
The project aims to develop sustainable BRT operations in Karachi.