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Xiamen's latest Bus Rapid Transport System to commence services

Updated: 17 Aug 2008
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Xiamen has a brand new commuter mass rapid transport. Bus Rapid Transport or commonly referred as BRT is going to be used for the first time on 31st Aug in Xiamen. Public can take the bus for free on the first day. on its trial run.

 

In its first stage of operation, three BRT lines are coming to use first, and there will be eight more BRT lines installed within two years. The BRT system in Xiamen has its on special elevated lanes, which currently primarily running above Jiahe Lu. The new transport system is expected to bring more traffic convenience to the public both for motorists and commuters. The BRT system is expected to ease traffic congestion, enticing more people to use the public transport and taking pressure of the regular public buses

 

BRT system is not new. It has been used as a popular mass rapid transport in many countries in recent years. In China, there are 8 cities, Beijing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Changzhou, Kunming, Dalia, Ji’nan and now Xiamen adopting the system.

 

The BRT special elevated lanes in Xiamen are built under the strict national standard and the other safety devices are the protective guards that are all built under the highest national standard.

 

The BRT bus is 12 meters long, 3 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. It has 36 seats, and its maximum capacity is 92 passengers.

 

 

The BRT bus is 12 meters long, 3 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. It has 36 seats, and its maximum capacity is 92 passengers.

 

Each BRT bus is equipped with GPS and computerized cumminication system. It has 5 cameras. Using these cameras, despite the size and the length of the bus, the driver can monitor everything from driving to keeping check on the passengers and the situation inside of the bus.

 

The BRT bus conductor can also have two ways communication with the bus driver using the system. 

 

 

 

Three BRT lines and their assigned routes

 

 

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Marked in brown, red and purple are three BRT lines that are coming to use first in its first stage of operation .

 

The main 3 BRT lines are::

 
1) BRT one
2) BRT one Interchange
3) BRT two

 

1) BRT one

 

BRT one starts from No.1 Port and ends at New Xiamen Railway Station in Jimei It has 21 stops and its length is 33.4kms and takes about 90mins per route one way.

 

The assigned route is:


The No.1 Port (Intersection of Lujiang Dao and Xiahe Rd) -- Kaihe Rd Crossing -- Hubin Xi Rd -- Douxi Rd Bailuzhou Rd -- Hubin Zhong Rd – Houdaixi -- railway station – Mingfa -- Dongpu Rd -- Jinshang Rd,Agricultural Science Institute – Caitang – Jinshan – Mucuo -- Shuaishi Secondary School – Xianhou -- Gaoqi Airport -- Jiagen Gymnasium -- Chengyi College -- Huaqiao University --. New Xiamen Railway Station in Jimei

 

2) BRT 1 Interchange

 

BRT 1 Interchange starts from No.1 Port and ends at Wenxing Dong Rd (Qianpu), it has 17 bus stops. Its length is 18.7kms and takes about 50mins per route one way.

 

The assigned route is:

 
The No.1 Port -- Kaihe Rd Crossing -- Hubin Xi Road -- Douxi Rd -- Bailuzhou Rd -- Hubin Zhong Rd – Houdaixi -- railway station – Mingfa -- Dongpu Rd -- Jinshang Rd -- Agricultural Science Institute -- Conference & Exhibition Bei Rd -- Conference & Exhibition Nan Rd -- Wenxing Dong Rd (Qianpu).

 

3) BRT 2

 

BRT 2: starts from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and ends at Xike. It has 9 stops. Its length is 15.3kms and takes about 40mins per route one way.

 

The assigned route is:

 
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport – Fenglin -- Hou’an -- Houtian – Dongting -- Meifeng Reservoir – Xiawei – Pantu -- Xike.

 

 

 The fare is calculated by distance travelled.
The basic fare is 0.3rmb per km in non-air condition bus and 0.6rmb in air condition bus.

 

Fare:

 
The fare is calculated by distance travelled.
The basic fare is 0.3rmb per km in non-air condition bus and 0.6rmb in air condition bus.

 

Entire BRT 1 route: 3.3rmb (non-air condition)   4.3rmb (air condition)
Entire BRT 1 Contact: route 1.8rmb (non-air condition)   2.8rmb (air condition)
Entire BRT 2 route: 1.7rmb (non-air condition)   2.7rmb (air condition)

 

Using the pre-paid e-card can enjoy 10% discounts in non-air condition bus, and 20% in air conditions bus.

 

SOURCE: Xiamen Media Network News

 

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