Making Public Transport Accessibility Safe: Istanbul Metrobus
S Bulay, E Can Yuce, EMBARQ in Turkey, TR
The Istanbul Metrobus is a high capacity BRT system that operates in the center median of the D-100 Highway.
The Istanbul Metrobus is a high capacity BRT system that operates in the center median of the D-100 Highway. D-100 is the primary East-West corridor operating through the city and connecting the Asian side of the city with the European side along. The existing 40 km BRT corridor has proven to be a success, carrying 600,000 passengers with no passing lane. However, access to the station platforms is the weak link in the system. Passengers wishing to access the system have to cross a 2-lane service corridor and then use an overpass to pass over the 6 lane highway and descend onto the platform.
In 2012, an additional 10 km corridor will be added to the system, again located in the median of the highway. July 2012 also marks the deadline for municipalities to comply with the law mandating that public transit meet the accessibility standards established by the Turkish Standards Institute.
To evaluate, and improve, the accessibility of the new BRT extension the accessibility of the stations was evaluated. This included evaluation of access to the station platforms. A second evaluation included identifying the origins and destinations for passengers using the station. Maps of the neighborhoods surrounding the station locations were studied to identify the paths that passengers would be using to access the system. This was followed by onsite evaluations to identify the accessibility challenges, door-to-door, for these passengers. As a result of the on-site evaluations, we were able to identify serious accessibility issues, as expected. However, the evaluations also revealed serious pedestrian safety issues, some systemic, some specific to the local situation.
We will present the systemic issues identified along the corridor, as well as the solutions that will have been implemented between the time of the submission of this abstract and the presentation in Glasgow.
Association for European Transport