Designing BRT Systems for Universal Access: Case of Ahmedabad & Indore

By Prajna Rao, Sonal Shah

Big investments in urban transportation infrastructure are being made and anticipated at the national level, channelized at the local level through JNNURM and NIJNNURM reforms in India. This paper argues the need to use this nationwide infrastructural transformation as an opportunity to include groups that have hereto been physically marginalized from urban systems. As cases, this paper looks at the efforts undertaken in two cities – Ahmedabad and Indore – in adopting universal access guidelines in planning and building their BRT systems. It evaluates the design issues for BRT stations, their impact on accessibility and suggests and prioritizes design solutions.