Faster, Greener, Bus System in Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China

Faster, Greener, Bus System in Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China


Lanzhou, the capital city of
Gansu Province. It’s located in northwestern China and
home to more than three million people. Lanzhou is China’s regional hub,
connecting east and west but the city’s location within a valley makes expansion a challenge. In 2009, the Asian Development Bank
approved a $150 million dollar loan to develop an urban road network and
mass transport system to serve a new city center on the
northern bank of the Yellow River. This is part of the urban master plan by
the Lanzhou municipal government. Under the ADB-financed project, a 12 kilometer long bus rapid transit system, or BRT, was built. Over 100,000 people use the BRT daily. “The BRT service has been in operation for a year. Compared to the old buses…” “…I feel the BRT bus is well-designed and easy to handle.” “Our workload has been greatly reduced.” Passenger comfort is a priority on the
BRT on or off the bus. Stations and buses are
heated or cooled depending on the season. Disabled passengers will also find it easy to board or disembark the buses equipped with handicap-friendly
facilities. While efficiency of the BRT is important safety is also taken into great account
in the design. In heavy traffic areas, pedestrian
overpasses or underground walkways are used. BRT buses are also designed for
two-sided entries to facilitate smoother passenger flow. But the split bus stations can still accomodate traditional one-sided entry buses to allow for easy transfers if needed. Nine-year-old Pung Yung Ting takes the bus to school alone. The punctuality and safety of the BRT frees Pung Yung Ting’s mother from
worrying about her daughter going to school alone. The bus stations are manned by BRT staff who process ticketing, answer questions, and monitor and maintain safety conditions. The stations are connected to the BRT
traffic management center with GPS technology, allowing them to
report any incident in real time. BRT buses are environmentally friendly. They’re fueled by natural gas cutting greenhouse gas emissions by up
to 12,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. “Lazhou public transport group signed an
agreement…” “…with the Future Carbon Fund,
administered by ADB for selling carbon credits.” “In the coming seven years, we will earn about 6 million RMB for the group.” With the success of this project residents in Lazhou City will enjoy a
more convenient public transport system for a long time to come.

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