Balancing the share of NMT in road space allocation: integrating rickshaw with BRT systems in Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Many cities throughout the world have implemented or planning for mass transit systems to tackle the acute transport problems, most notably congestion. The government of Bangladesh is planning to have Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems for solving the transport problems in Dhaka City, the capital of the country. However, only providing the better transit system may not work in the city without the trip-end facilities. Traffic and transportation situation in Dhaka is unique, which is called "city of rickshaw‟. There are about 0.6 million rickshaws in Dhaka which carry about 20% of the total trips of the city. Often rickshaw is the only accessible mode to certain areas, particularly in narrow streets, and for certain groups of people. Thus, the success of BRT system in Dhaka City may greatly depend on it‟s integration with rickshaw and other intermediate or informal modes. However, rickshaws had been marginalized in many roads of Dhaka to provide room for motorized traffic as in many other Asian cities. Moreover, yet there is no BRT system in the world which demonstrates integration with rickshaws. Thus, it is going to be a great challenge in the plan preparation of Dhaka BRT how to integrate with rickshaws. This paper explores how it is possible to integrate the rickshaw with BRT system for faster, safe, convenient, and comfortable transfers/interchanges and how to ensure efficient utilization of road space. With a case study on Dhaka City, the research provides physical integration between rickshaw and BRT systems.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: 24th World Road Congress Proceedings: Roads for a Better Life: Mobility, Sustainability and Development

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  • Accession Number: 01502380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 2840602679
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2013 11:07AM