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Pune Bus Rapid Transit

Pune BRTS was the first Bus rapid System in India
Locale Pune, India
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2
Began operation 2008
Operator(s) Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited
Government of Maharashtra
Pune Municipal Corporation
System length 32.5 kilometres (20.2 mi)

Pune was the first city in India to experiment with a Bus Rapid Transit system. PMPML started plying pilot routes in December 2006.

Rainbow BRT is the new bus rapid transit system now operational in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Rainbow BRT is being developed as a high quality, customer-oriented public bus transport service. It is managed by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd and developed with the support of Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Pune Traffic Police is providing the support for management of traffic.

The Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi Corridor in Pune was launched on 30 August 2015 and the Sangvi – Kiwale Corridor in Pimpri Chinchwad was launched on 5 September 2015.

The features of Rainbow BRT include

  • Buses - Over 600 special Rainbow BRT buses with doors on both sides and more standing space, that ply smoothly and rapidly in reserved lanes
  • Bus stations in the BRT Lanes - Covered and provide protection from rain and sun, well lit, have a ramp at the entrance and signage boards with information about the BRT corridors
  • Tickets at stations - The ticket is to be bought at the ticket counter inside the station before boarding the bus. Smart Cards are proposed in the next phase.
  • Level Boarding - The height of the bus platform and the BRT station platform are at thDoors and Bus Interfacee same level. Passengers do not have to climb steps to board the bus, a feature similar to metro rail.
  • Automatic Doors - Automatic doors on BRT stations and bus doors open only when the bus is properly docked at the station
  • Crossings - The crossings from the footpath to the BRT stations have signals in many locations or have speed tables so that vehicles have to slow down to allow passengers to cross safely.
  • Bus Numbers, Bus Arrival and Station Information - Information on bus arrivals is displayed on screens at the bus stations. Display screens and audio announcements in buses give information about the next stop. Route numbers appear on LED displays on the front, back and the left side of buses
  • Intelligent Transit Management System - BRT Buses have GPS and all buses and stations are linked with the BRTS Control Room at Swargate which tracks bus movement and gives feedback to drivers to improve service.
  • Security and Traffic Management - Security personnel are present at each BRT bus station. Traffic Wardens are present at signals and crossings to help in the management of other traffic and prevent entry into dedicated bus lanes.

The Hadapsar-Katraj pilot project consisted of 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) of bus lanes along the Pune Satara Road using airconditioned, low-floor more than 500 Volvo B7RLE buses initially on Katraj - Swargate - Hadapsar. Most of these buses are not in service currently. The funding for the project came from the Government of India under the Jawaharlala Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Total of 112 kilometres (70 mi) route was proposed for Pune BRTS. Now regular PMPML buses ply on the Hadapsar-Katraj corridor of BRTS. This system was merged with Pimpri-Chinchwad BRTS to form Rainbow BRTS which is currently under construction.


  • Routes 1
    • Completed 1.1
    • Other Proposed Corridors 1.2
    • Under Construction 1.3
    • Other Proposed Roads 1.4
  • Repair work 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



  1. Katraj - Swargate - Hadapsar. (Via Pune-Satara road, Shankarsheth road via Swargate Bus Station - 16.5 km)
  2. Vishrantwadi - Bombay sappers - Yerwada - Waholi Jakat Naka and Sadalbaba Jn - Patil Estate. (Total = 16 km)

Other Proposed Corridors[1]

  1. Katraj - Kalewadi Phata corridor.
  2. Kothrud - Vishrantwadi corridor.
  3. Dhayari - Hadapsar Gadital corridor.

Under Construction

  1. Warje - Kharadi corridor. PMC has taken a lot of efforts to make this one a successful project. The pattern of the bus stops is different than Satara road bus stops. This pattern of bus stops does not create sharp turns on the other lanes like the Satara road BRTS does.

Other Proposed Roads

  1. Baner Road.
  2. F. C. Road (Officially named as Gokhle road).
  3. J. M. Road.
  4. Karve Road.
  5. Paud Road.
  6. Sinhgad Road.
  7. University Road.
  8. Samgamwadi Road.
  9. Dhanori Road.
  10. Nehru Road.
  11. Mundhwa Bypass.
  12. Nagar Road.
  13. Airport Road.
  14. Yerawada - Vishrantwadi Road.
  15. Solapur Road.
  16. Ramwadi - Viman Nagar Road.
  17. Vishrantwadi - Viman Nagar Road.
  18. Vishrantwadi - Dhanori Road.
  19. Deccan College - Viman Nagar Road.

Repair work

In 2012, the PMC started to make changes on the road so that the management of traffic would become easier. A 1.5 km long flyover is being constructed from Padmavati to Bhartividyapeeth, which will have 4 lanes, plus the existing 4 lanes. The legs of the flyover are constructed on the BRTS route. The BRTS has been cancelled. Apart from the flyover, there are 2 subways being constructed at Bibwewadi chowk and Kaka Halwai chowk for the pedestrians to cross. These three constructions will reduce a lot of time to travel through this route.

See also


  1. ^ Pune BRTS

External links

  • Rainbow BRTS
  • BRTS finally flagged off
  • Sangamwadi-Vishrantwadi Route to become operational today
  • BRTS pilot to run on Sunday
  • Pune becomes first city in India to have BRT system
  • From the bus to tickets, BRT's first run finds many fans
  • On day three, a smooth ride for BRTS
  • BRTS work on other roads begins
  • Pune's BRT stumbles at the start
  • Link to Bus Rapid Transit Newsletter for Jan 2007
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