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Xiamen's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) starts operating

Updated: 02 Sep 2008
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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

 

On August 31, Xiamen's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was formally put into operation. From then on, Xiamen's heavy traffic is expected to be relieved greatly.

Xiamen's BRT is constructed as an overhead viaduct that crosses the downtown area, has exlusive BRT line rights, and has no traffic lights along the entire line to ensure smooth and prompt passage.

It is currently the first reported elevated BRT system. The elevated BRT line is different from the special bus routes on the road and it is as suitable for moderate cities as a subway and light railway.
 

Three BRT lines and their assigned routes

 

The main 3 BRT lines to be put into operation as from 31st August 2008 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: WOX Team
 

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