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See also Chennai RBTW, another planned bus transit system.
Chennai BRTS
Locale Chennai
Transit type Elevated Bus rapid transit
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 21 (1st Phase)
System length 70.3 kilometers (44 mi)

Chennai Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is a new rapid transit project taken up as an integrated part of Circular Corridor Project. Beginning at Adyar, the route will cover Saidapet, Jafferkanpet, Ramavaram, Puzhal, Manali, Chennai Central Railway Station, Lighthouse and will return to Adyar. The corridor will cover a distance of 70.3 kilometers (44 mi). The route of the elevated BRTS corridor will run along the banks of Adyar river and Buckingham canal. The project is expected to be completed by 2013.[1]



The BRTS system is integrated with the Circular Corridor 1 of the High Speed Circular Corridors.[2]

  • Lighthouse — Adyar — IT corridor — Kundrathur — Madhuravoyal — Ennore — Vyasarpadi — Chennai Port — Lighthouse (Outer ellipse, Longest) [70.3 km]

BRTS Alignment

The Exclusive BRTS lane is proposed to be integrated with the circular corridor 1. Two different types are under consideration.

  • Along the median of the 6-lane single-tier system.
  • On top of the 6-lane two-tier system. BRTS 2-lanes is proposed on the top tier and 4-lane for general traffic at the bottom second tier.

The following is the general alignment of the entire BRTS corridor. This is alignment of the entire BRTS corridor.

  • Thiru-vi-ka Bridge — Ramavaram (elevated, along the median of circular corridor or top tiers)
  • Ramavaram — NH-bypass (elevated, grade separated, beneath the circular corridor 1)
  • NH-bypass — Madhavaram(elevated, along NH-bypass median)
  • Madhavaram — TPP Road (elevated, along the median of IRR)
  • TPP Road — Manali Oil Refinery(MOR) (elevated, along the median of Manali Oil Refinery Road (MORR)
  • MOR — Chennai Central (elevated, along the western banks of North Buckingham Canal)
  • Chennai Central — Adyar (elevated, along the Buckingham canal and abutting the MRTS)

BRTS Stations


Station Type

Tower structure have been proposed for the BRTS stations. Two types depending on the type of the corridor [single or more tiers] were proposed.

  • Towers along the median of the 6-lane single tier system.
  • Towers along the curb-side for 2-tier and 3-tier system.

Station Locations

21 bus stations have been proposed for the first phase of the BRTS.

Adyar Corridor (15.8 km) - 7 bus stations

  1. Adyar
  2. West canal road
  3. Kotturpuram
  4. Saidapet
  5. Jafferkhanpet
  6. Nandambakkam
  7. Porur

NH-Bypass Corridor (13 km) - 5 bus stations

  1. Porur
  2. Madhuravoyal
  3. Ambattur(Mogappiar)
  4. NH- 205 cross road
  5. Puzhal

Northern IRR section (8 km) - 3 bus stations

  1. Madhavarm junction
  2. Manjambakkam
  3. TPP road junction.

North B' Canal Corridor (12 km) - 6 bus stations

  1. Junction of Manali High Road and Buckingham Canal
  2. interchange with Kamarajar Salai – Basin road
  3. near Indian Oil Corporation bottling plant
  4. Korukkupet
  5. Basin Bridge
  6. near central station
  • Basin Bridge to periyar salai junction will have not have exclusive bus lanes due to space constrain.

South B' Canal Corridor - 3 bus stations

  1. at walajah Road junction
  2. Triplicane 
  3. near Madaveli MRTS Station
  • This corridor is difficult to construct as the MRTS frequently shifts between the western and eastern banks of the Buckingham canal and the MRTS stations are right above the Buckingham Canal covering it.

BRTS Design Speed

The speed design for the BRTS corridor is proposed to be 60 kmph - 70 kmph.

Integration of BRTS with other Transits

The BRTS is proposed to be integrated with different modes of transits already existing or under construction or proposed for the city. Apart from that major roads are also be to be integrated. The following a list of locations of BRTS integrating different modes of Transport in Chennai city.

Major roads

  • IT corridor extension via West canal bank road
  • Gandhimandapam / TurnBulls road
  • Anna Salai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru road(IRR)
  • Mount-Poonamallee road
  • Arcot road

Major railway stations

  • Chennai Central
  • Basin Bridge Junction

MRTS stations

  • Kotturpuram
  • Chepauk
  • Mandaveli

Metro stations

  • Saidapet (Metro corridor 1)
  • Jafferkhanpet (Metro corridor 2)

Project Status



  • Wilbur Smith Associates won the contract of TNUIFSL to prepare the feasibility study and DPR for the project.[3]


28 May:

  • DPR, cost estimates, work drawings and bid documents for the first leg of BRTS on Adyar corridor of the Chennai High Speed Circular Corridors (HSCC) was released to the public.
  • Public consultation will be held soon.

3 June:

  • Residents oppose the project as they will be displaced for the project.[4]
  • Adyar Poonga Trust promises to resettle the displace.[5]

26 August:

  • Feasibility study for the project is likely to be over by January 2010. Total Corridor length is 110 km.[6]

See also



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