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Surat bus rapid transit (BRT) system, India [free access]

April 1, 2014

Developer: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). In April 2013, SMC awarded the operations contract to India-based Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Private Limited.


Project description: Development of a 140-km long BRT system called SITILINK in the city of Surat.


Background: The BRT system will serve Surat in Gujarat, India. Table 1 indicates the planned network.


Table1: Planned network


Length (km)

Number of bus stations

Phase 1



Corridor 1: Udhna Darwaja to Sachin flyover



Corridor 2: Canal Corridor (Kharwarnagar to Sarthana Jakatnaka and Kharwarnagar to Dumas Resort)



Phase II (Varachha road, Walled city ring road, Surat Bardoli road, Katargam Darwaja to Amroli, Rander road, Gujarat gas circle to Anuvrat dwar, and Hazira road)



Phase III



Phase IV (Elevated corridor from Surat railway station to the city centre)


Not available




Source: Global Mass Transit Research


Funding: The estimated investment for the two corridors of Phase I is INR4.69 billion. This includes INR782.1 million for road works on corridor 1, INR109.1 million for the construction of bus stops, and INR61.3 million for other miscellaneous works.


Of the total cost, the central government’s contribution is INR2.34 billion, of which INR1.52 billion was released as of June 2013.


Rolling stock and technology: A fleet of nine air-conditioned (AC) buses operate from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. at a frequency of 10 minutes.


In Phase I, a total of 40 standard AC buses will be deployed. India-based Tata Motors will supply Euro III-compliant buses for Corridor 1. The buses will run at an average speed of 23 km/hr with headway of five minutes. At-level boarding and alighting will be adopted. SMC estimates the requirement at about 250-300 buses in 2018 and at an additional 350-400 buses in 2021.


An integrated transport system (ITS) including passenger information system (PIS), automatic vehicle tracking (AVL) and operations control systems will be deployed at bus stops/ terminals and in buses.


Ridership: Under Phase I, the daily ridership is expected to be 190,000 passengers initially, rising to 410,000 passengers by 2018 and 610,000 passengers by 2021. In the free ride offered for a month in February 2014, about 400,000 passengers travelled on the pilot corridor.


Recent developments:


(1 INR [Indian Rupee] = 0.017 USD)