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Bus service on Dhaka Elevated Expressway eases traffic woes

  • Commuters satisfied 
  • Number of buses increased to 18
Update : 24 Sep 2023, 12:30 PM

The bustling city of Dhaka, where citizens spend hours trapped in traffic, now has a way to traverse from one end to the other in a matter of minutes. 

The Dhaka Elevated Expressway has brought a sense of relief to the people from the city’s traffic gridlock.

Despite this convenience being solely available to private car owners since its inauguration, the launch of a trial run of BRTC services on the expressway has now brought joy to the city dwellers who commute in the Uttara-Farmgate area.

On the first day of its launch on September 18, a significant number of passengers travelled via the BRTC bus service, and the number is increasing every day. So far, the commuters have been satisfied with this shuttle bus service.

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

On Saturday afternoon, a crowd of passengers was seen at the ticket counter of the BRTC bus service in the Khejur Bagan area. Many of them said they went there to experience the expressway for the first time. 

Ticket sellers at the counters said at first only eight buses were plying the expressway, but due to the increase in passengers, within five days, the number had to be increased to 13. 

Each bus offers an average of six trips daily, and the services are available till 9pm. 

What passengers say

Passengers expressed satisfaction with the BRTC bus service on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway. 

They said it was impossible to reach Uttara Jasimuddin from Farmgate in 20-30 minutes, but the Dhaka Elevated Expressway has made this possible. 

They added that BRTC buses are more passenger-friendly than other private buses operating in the capital. Apart from this, the management of BRTC bus services on this route is also satisfactory. 

Mamun Haider, an employee of a private company, said: "I have been using this bus service for the last three days. Although my office is in Shahbagh, I return home at Khejur Bagan area using the BRTC service on the elevated expressway.”

He added that he can reach the airport road in 20 minutes, and in case of traffic, it hardly takes 35 minutes to reach. 

“That is not a problem either, because it used to take two-and-a-half hours before,” he said. 

Passengers showing their ticket to use BRTC`s bus services on the Uttara-Farmgate route via the Dhaka Elevated Expressway on Monday, September 18, 2023. Photo: Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Tutul, a student at a private university, said he experienced the BRTC service of the expressway on the first day of its launch. “I will use the express again today (Saturday). The journey was excellent.”

On September 2, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the much-awaited Dhaka Elevated Expressway's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport-Farmgate section for traffic.

BRTC bus services commenced on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway on September 18. 

Fare system

According to BRTC sources, the fare for the 15km from Khejur Bagan near Farmgate to the airport is Tk35, and for the 17km up to Uttara Jasimuddin Avenue it is Tk40. The fare per kilometre is Tk2.45. 

The entire fare system is managed through e-ticketing.

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