Defying Media Spin, Poll Shows Public Support for Delhi BRT

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about how the new bus rapid transit system in Delhi, India was taking a drubbing from local media. Despite the fact that buses were packed with commuters following the launch of the pilot program, newspaper and TV reporters were quick to proclaim it a failure. But a recent poll gives Delhi BRT high marks — and not only from those using it. The City Fix reports:

An independent commuter survey conducted by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment found that commuters overwhelmingly support the new BRT system in Delhi. For some, the result may be surprising after the initial operational glitches and media blitz declaring the new bus corridor a disaster. While there are several things that should be improved with the new system, as with any project, the outpouring of support for the new bus corridor suggests that it would be both a strategic and political mistake to scrap the project.

  • Josh

    So bus commuters like dedicated bus lanes and car commuters don’t? That’s hardly news.

  • Shemp

    And reporters suck? News at 11!

  • It seems pretty obvious that bus commuters like dedicated bus lanes, but the Indian media has done all it can to make it seem like an abject failure.

    Watch the video to get a sense:

    http://thecityfix.com/media-and-car-owners-take-on-brt-in-delhi/

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