Ulaanbaatar’s major arterials are crowded with buses, but they are increasingly caught in congestion. In the last year, Ulaanbaatar brought significant changes to its public transit system, introducing a new smart card and a number of service changes. These changes have laid important groundwork for introducing BRT into Ulaanbaatar, but the initial implementation has faced some teething troubles.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) brought in BRTPlan as the leader of a team tasked with overcoming the challenges faced by Ulaanbaatar’s new smart card system, and to work with the city to prepare a service plan and business plan for Ulaanbaatar’s BRT system, currently in the design stages.
BRTPlan reviewed the recent 2015 service changes and the new Smart Card ridership data ridership to develop an initial BRT service plan concept. We worked with a team of international and national experts to hold a major workshop for key stakeholders in Ulaanbaatar’s public transit sector to discuss the challenges with the smart card system, as well as to unveil the recommended BRT service plan.