Publish: 16 Sep 2023, 01:14 pm
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has decided to run buses on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway. Through this, public transport is being connected to this expressway.
BRTC Chairman Tajul Islam confirmed this information to the media on Friday (September 15). He said that BRTC is going to start this operation with eight buses from next Monday (September 18).
Earlier BRTC had planned to operate 79 buses over Dhaka Elevated Expressway. That decision was later reversed. However, for now, there will be no extra fare on this route.
Tajul Islam said eight buses will operate for now. Buses will be increased later according to the pressure and number of passengers. Buses will arrive and depart directly from the airport area to Farmgate. There will be no breaks in between. Eight double-decker buses to be added in the first phase of this initiative of BRTC have been prepared at the company's depot.
It is reported that eight buses will run from three depots on the elevated expressway. But will be controlled from one depot. Passengers can travel from both ends of the expressway for now. BRTC will pick up southbound passengers from Uttara Jasimuddin, Airport Railway Station, and Kawla.
After that, it will go to Farmgate without any break. On the other hand, after dropping passengers off at Farmgate, they will pick up airport-bound passengers from Bangabandhu Chattar in the Khejurbagan area of Sangsad Bhaban adjacent to Manik Mia Avenue. For that, northbound passengers can board from Khejur Bagan Roundabout, Khamarbari, or Bijay Sarani. In that case, the passengers in the bus will have to cross at least two traffic signals to board the expressway.
Tajul Islam said that the passengers should not pay more than the BRTA fixed fare. The fare for 15 km from Khejur Bagan to the airport is Tk 35. The fare for 17 km up to Jasimuddin has been set at Tk 40. The fare is 2 taka 45 paisa per kilometer. The chairman of BRTC said that due to the e-ticketing system, there is no opportunity to charge more fare.
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