A new bus rapid transit system in the city of Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China, is faster, greener, and safer than the old bus network. Used by more than 100,000 a day, it is helping improve the quality of life for the city's three million residents.
Title: Faster, Greener, Bus System in Lanzhou, People's Republic of China
Description: A new bus rapid transit system in the city of Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China, is faster, greener, and safer than the old bus network. Used by more than 100,000 a day, it is helping improve the quality of life for the city's three million residents.
VO: Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province, its located in northwestern China and home to more than 3 million people. Lanzhou is China’s regional hub connecting east and west for the city’s location within the valley makes expansion a challenge.
In 2009, the Asian Development Bank approved $150 million loan to develop an urban road network and a 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 finance project a 12 kilometer long bus rapid transit system or BRT was built. Over 100,000 people use the BRT daily.
SOT: Wang Shaocheng
Lanzhou Public Transport Group
The BRT service has been on 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.
VO: Passenger comfort is a priority on the BRT. On or off the bus stations are cooled or heated depending on the season. Disabled passengers would 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, pedestrians 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 accommodate traditional one sided entry buses to allow for easy transfers if needed.
9 year old, Pangyong Ting takes the bus to school alone. The punctuality and safety of the BRT frees Pangyon Ting’s mother from worrying about her daughter going to school alone. The bus stations are manned by BRT staff who processed 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 tons of CO2 a year.
SOT: Xue Jianghui
Project Management Officer
Lanzhou Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Lanzhou Public Transport Group signed an agreement with the Future Carbon Fund administered by ADB for selling carbon credits. In the coming 7 years, there will be amount 6 million RMB in the group.
VO: With the success of the project, residents in Langzhou city will enjoy a more convenient public transport system for a long time to come.