A backlash against BRT has been hitting Delhi.
Delhi's BRT, or High Capacity Bus System (HCBS) as it is often known in India, has been facing a barrage of vitriolic newspaper attacks. These have included quite vicious assaults on the credibility of IIT Delhi academics, Dinesh Mohan and Geetam Tiwari, who have championed and helped design the system (if you follow the link, click on 'urban transport').
Anti-BRT headlines have included:
- 'Experts' order serial rape of Delhi roads (in the Pioneer)
- Will somebody wake up to stop this HCBS madness? (Pioneer)
- Buses Hog Space, Cars Squeezed Out (Times of India, Nov 16, 2007)
See here and here for other viewpoints, for some of the text of the articles mentioned above, and for some analysis of this media phenomenon.
Delhi is not alone in its BRT troubles. For example, Jakarta's busways faced setbacks late in 2007, with several corridors forced to open to mixed traffic. This was a response to media uproar over congestion that was attributed to busway construction and a poor level of bus service on the most recently-opened corridors. A Jakarta Post article provides some background (cache version here). If you read Bahasa Indonesia then consult the Batavia Busway blog for more insight and updates.