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Guidelines and Checklists

1. SUTF Bus Terminal Design Checklist

The State Urban Transport Fund (SUTF), administered by DULT has the mandate to fund any project that will help build public transport capacity and patronage in the cities of Karnataka. In pursuit of this objective, DULT has financed the construction of several bus terminals and stations in the past.

As a bus station or terminal is a common project type funded through SUTF, a need was felt to prepare a design checklist to ensure all programmatic functions and best practices applicable to a bus terminal are included. The centre for Urban Design was entrusted with preparing this checklist.

An extensive study of various current design guidelines and standards prevalent in practice was studied, and accordingly, a checklist was prepared. The structure of this checklist is as follows:

  1. Read me first
  2. Definitions
  3. Establishment of basic data
  4. Standards for Circulation
  5. Standards for Public Amenities
  6. Standards for Universal Accessibility
  7. Information and way-finding signage Requirements
  8. Standards for Architectural Performance
  9. Scorecard

Under each section, parameters have been identified and structured in a question-and-answer format. The checklist asks if an applicant has met/incorporated a minimum requirement or a good practice and provides details of the good practice or the minimum standard to ensure readability. The checklist is a mandatory step to complete while an agency submits a proposal for consideration for funding. Hence, the applicant carries out one round of self-assessment before submitting the proposal. A scoring is attached to each question encouraging the applicant to score well in all aspects.

2. Guidelines for Tactical Urbanism

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport over the last few years adopted tactical urbanism as a tool to test and pilot several of its proposals. Based on this experience, a guidebook has been developed to provide an overview of the tactical urbanism process. Tactical Urbanism is an effective method to engage with stakeholders and demonstrate the feasibility of a solution using low-cost interventions before a more permanent infrastructure or solution is taken up for implementation. It has applications across several intervention areas such as pedestrian and bicycle mobility, resolving conflicts between mobility and livability, improved transit experience, placemaking, and wayfinding.

The guidebook details the process of planning and designing tactical urbanism projects supported by international case studies and project experiences of DULT such as the Slow Street intervention on Alexandria Street, Pedestrian Priority Street on Wilson Garden, and Pop-Up Putaani Park in KSRTC Quarters in Bengaluru. 

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