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BRTC bus service on Elevated Expressway finally begins

  • Non-stop service with 8 double-decker buses
  • Route Farmgate to the Airport
  • Will cost Tk35-40 for the service
  • Tolls not included 
Update : 18 Sep 2023, 10:23 PM

BRTC bus services commenced on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway on Monday.

The non-stop service, which began at 11am, will initially run with eight double-decker buses from Farmgate to the airport. 

Road Transport and Highways Department Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Noori inaugurated the service. BRTC Chairman Md Tajul Islam was also present on the occasion. 

During the inauguration, Secretary Amin Ulla Noori mentioned that a toll of Tk160 would be charged per bus on the elevated expressway. 

However, passengers will be charged the prescribed fare by BRTA, he said, adding that tolls would not be included in the fare for the time being. 

BRTC Chairman Tajul Islam said that the airport-bound bus would start from Khejur Bagan on Manik Mia Avenue and would then join the elevated expressway via the Bijoy Sarani flyover, travelling non-stop. 

General view of Dhaka Elevated Expressway. Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

No transfers of passengers would occur en route, he added.  

According to BRTC sources, the fare from Khejur Bagan near Farmgate to the airport for 15km is Tk35. The fare for the 17km up to Uttara’s Jasimuddin Road is Tk40, which is a fare of Tk2.45 per kilometre. 

Payments will be processed through e-ticketing. These buses will operate as a “shuttle service”, meaning they will run from one end of the elevated expressway to the other and not in the opposite direction.

The buses will pick up passengers from Jasimuddin Road, Airport Railway Station, and Kaola in Uttara, travelling directly to Farmgate via the elevated expressway. 

Eight BRTC buses will serve passengers from three depots. Conversely, this special bus service will drop passengers off at Farmgate and pick up others from Khejur Bagan Golchattar, Khamar Bari, and Bijoy Sarani on Manik Mia Avenue heading for the airport.

Buses will exit the elevated expressway via the airport ramp. The BRTC bus will then take the Jasimuddin turn, re-entering the elevated expressway through the Kaola ramp, and subsequently arriving directly at Farmgate. 

From there, they will descend the Farmgate ramp and proceed to Khejur Bagan.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first part of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway from Kaola in the airport area to Farmgate on September 2. 

The government aims to open the remaining section from Tejgaon to Kutubkhali by June next year.

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