The phase 1 Nanning BRT corridor is 11km long with 17 stations from the downtown Nanning Railway Station to the newly opened high speed railway station, Nanning East Station. The cost of construction will be around 930 million yuan (US$141 million). Nanning’s BRT corridor has quite high public transport volumes, with the highest current screen line count of passenger throughput at Wenhuagong at nearly 7,000 bus passengers per hour in two directions. Most of the stations use the “directional” station system successfully used in Yichang. GMEDRI, and ITDP are leading the BRT design in Nanning, with ITDP’s input focused on surveys and demand analysis, operational design, station configuration, impact analysis, and transit-oriented development along the BRT corridor. Nanning BRT ushered in its groundbreaking in March 2016, and will be China’s first public private partnership (PPP) BRT project.
Among the 17 BRT stations in the Nanning BRT phase I, there are 4 at grade access on both sides of the stations, 3 at grade access on one-side of stations + footbridge access, and 10 footbridge access paths. From past experience, using the footbridge to enter the station increases the detour distance for the citizen, shaping their will to take BRT. Therefore, ITDP China started by identifying the design entering stations, analyzed the current pedestrian routes from the residential communities around to the BRT stations, and finally improved the accessibility design by adding more routes at grade access.
Landscape Design Along Nanning BRT Corridor
Improving landscape design is an effective way to upgrade the public space along a BRT corridor and the whole city. There are currently a series of potential spaces with single use. ITDP China has been working on making detailed design plans for 3 small spaces including elements such as landscape sketches, urban furniture, trees, and covered walkways in order to improve the look and feel of the environment along the Nanning BRT Corridor.