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Old August 15th, 2017, 01:43 AM   #1481
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BEST to introduce GPS in buses for real-time updates

MUMBAI: Acting on the longpending demand of commuters to install global positioning system (GPS) and passenger information system (PIS) in its 3,700 buses, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) said it would do so by February.
BEST general manager Surendrakumar Bagde revealed this in a committee meeting on Monday.
PIS will provide real-time information about the arrival time, delay owing to traffic jam and different bus routes. GPS will help BEST authorities and commuters track buses in realtime. Commuters can also track buses using the BEST mobile application.
The BEST administration took the decision after studying the use of GPS and PIS in the country and abroad. “We have studied the operation of the buses on GPS and PIS system throughout the country and will be introducing them in our fleet by February,” said Bagde.
The administration believes the real-time tracking facilities will increase the number passengers.
The demand for real-time updates dates back to 2012.
“The real-time update in BEST buses is highly required. There are times when we wait for more than 20 minutes for one bus. The passenger information system will help us determine the exact waiting time and we can plan our travel.” said Kavita Deshmukh, a Byculla resident.

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Transport experts invited to help revive loss-making BEST


Management To Go Ahead With Plan To Bring In 118 New Buses
In a bid to curtail losses and improve efficiency , BEST committee members have invited city planners and experts at their Colaba headquarters on Saturday afternoon to design a plan to pull back the cash-strapped undertaking from the red.
“We want to discuss every issue with experts--from running buses and improving quality of service to attracting more commuters,“ said BEST committee chairman Anil Kokil. The meeting has been called at BEST Bhavan in Colaba.

At Monday's meeting, the committee did not clear the management's proposal to “scrap“ the purchase order for 118 new buses from Tata, stating that these buses were urgently required for Mumbaikars during office rush hour.Kokil said a contract was given to Tata Motors last year to deliver 303 buses and only 185 of these had been purchased till date. The BMC had funded Rs 90 crore for the bus purchase, and committee members demanded that the civic body provide additional capital expenditure of around Rs 60 crore for the remaining 118 vehicles. They suggested that 50 new buses can be purchased under government's Tejasvini scheme for women commuters, for which Rs 11 crore has already been allotted.

Kokil said he has received a list of suggestions from transport experts for Saturday's discussion. TOI has learned that the experts too said the reduction in fleet size was one of the reasons for long waiting time.

They stressed the need for exclusive bus lanes (wherever feasible) to speed up transport.“A well-designed Bus Rapid Transit System is essential to draw commuters away from bursting local trains. BRTS can be designed to carry 25% more than the metro, at onetwentieth to one-thirtieth the price of the metro,“ the experts stated.

The experts include Sudhir Badami, Ashok Datar, A V Shenoy , Amita Bhide, Darryl D'Monte, Vidhyadhar Date, Simpreet Singh, Trupti Amritwar Vaitla and Rajani Desai.

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