Busan to Launch Pilot Project for Garden-Type Urban Forests at BRT Stops

BRT systems also contribute to improving the pedestrian environment. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road and encouraging the use of public transportation, BRT systems create safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

Maru Kim
Maru Kim

Busan, South Korea  – The City of Busan has announced the initiation of a pilot project to create garden-type urban forests at select Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stops. This innovative project aims to enhance the environment and usability of BRT stations by addressing the challenges posed by extreme summer heat, ground heat, and fine dust.

The pilot project will be implemented at four key BRT stops: Song Sang-hyeon Square, Gaya Station (Line 2), Centum Station (Donghae Line), and Choryang Station (Choryang Intersection). The initiative is designed to provide a more pleasant waiting environment for passengers while promoting the use of public transportation.

The “garden-type urban forests” will feature small-scale gardens tailored to the compact spaces of BRT stops. By planting various garden plants, these urban oases aim to improve the aesthetic appeal of city streets and offer a more comfortable experience for commuters.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-speed bus transit system that operates on dedicated routes. These systems are designed to reduce travel time and improve the efficiency of public transportation. By utilizing dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding, and traffic signal management that prioritizes BRT buses, the system can significantly reduce travel time for commuters.

BRT systems also contribute to improving the pedestrian environment. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road and encouraging the use of public transportation, BRT systems create safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists. Dedicated bus lanes minimize the interaction between buses and other vehicles, reducing the risk of traffic accidents. Additionally, the infrastructure improvements associated with BRT projects, such as better pedestrian crossings and safer walking paths, further enhance the safety and walkability of urban areas.

This project is a response to persistent demands from BRT users and environmental groups for better environmental conditions at bus stops. It reflects the city’s commitment to creating a livable Busan. The pilot project is scheduled for completion within this year, following consultations with relevant agencies. This initiative marks the beginning of a broader plan to establish garden-type urban forests at all 125 BRT stops across the city by 2026.

The pilot project not only aims to improve the immediate environment at BRT stops but also serves as a model for sustainable urban development. By integrating greenery into public infrastructure, Busan is setting a precedent for other cities facing similar environmental challenges.

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