First lot of Zu Peshawar buses lands in Peshawar
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A total of 220 buses will be purchased by TransPeshawar for the project
“The first lot of Zu Peshawar buses is finally here and more will be coming soon”, said TransPeshawar representative in a statement issued here. “The buses were transported from China via seaport and then were brought into the Peshawar via road in most economical and safe manner,” he added.
The current lot of 20 buses comprised of 12-meter-long buses. A total of 220 buses will be purchased by TransPeshawar for the project. Out of these, 155 are 12-meter-long buses while 65 are 18-meter-long buses. First of its kind, these buses are hybrid and can run on diesel as well as electric. These buses are environment friendly and tend to reduce Carbon emission in the city. According to a careful estimate by ADB, Peshawar BRT once implemented will reduce 31000 tons of CO2 emissions when compared to the existing transport system of Peshawar. These buses will be wifi-enabled with AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) facility – a feature to track real time location of bus. A 12-meter bus has a capacity to accommodate a total of 75 passengers.
TransPeshawar is committed to ensure inclusion of all citizen of Peshawar may it be students, women, elderly or differently-abled. A significant feature of BRT bus is UAS – Universal Access System, which is one of key factor used to globally rate/ evaluate BRT systems. Consisting of low floor and ramps for wheel chairs Peshawar BRT buses will be fully equipped to handle people with disabilities.
In mid of last year, a prototype (demo) bus was brought in Peshawar, for testing the local environment, weather conditions and other accessibility features. The feedback gathered was thus incorporated in new lot of buses. As per the feedback of local associations of differently-abled people, additional seat belts have been added as per the ISO standards. Also, all hinges/ hurdles of the bus ramps are adjusted to smoothen the access of wheel chairs till the passenger reaches his/her designated space.
As per cultural needs of the region, the buses also has a separate section for women as well as priority seats. During the initial testing with local female riders, a few of women suggested to increase the length of grab rails and handles, which have now been incorporated and adjusted as per the height of female passengers in the city, in addition to adjusting some cramped leg spaces. All these buses are, already, low-floored to ensure easy access of senior citizen.