Chandigarh collects data to avoid route bus overlap: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Dushyant Singh Pundir

Chandigarh, April 15

In an effort to avoid the overlapping of buses on various routes across tricity, which often leads to buses carrying few people, and to build an easily usable network, the UT Department of Transportation began collecting bus frequency and occupancy data which would be further analyzed to provide better transportation to commuters.

A senior department official said they were collecting and studying data from the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). He said they study the frequency of buses, the availability of passengers on a particular route and the number of passengers traveling at any given time on a bus on that route. He said it would take a few months to complete and implement the project. This would not only help prevent buses from bundling on a route, but at the same time help streamline routes and provide better service to the public, he said.

Giving an example of overlapping buses, he said that suppose a bus from PGIMER, ISBT-17 or Mohali is to reach Panchkula and all of them cross Madhya Marg to reach the final destination. In such a scenario, three buses would run simultaneously on a route. To avoid such a situation, data collected from ITS was being studied to prepare route plans for the three buses to reach the final destination from three different routes, he said, adding that this would not only decongest the road, but also give more options. to passengers waiting on other routes. The bus coming from Mohali could be diverted through sectors to reach Panchkula, he said.

With the launch of ITS, commuters can now get real-time information on the movement of buses and their arrival and departure times. The project was implemented on 358 Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses running on 59 routes in the tricity.

The then UT administrator, Vice President Singh Badnore, had launched the state-of-the-art command control center to monitor city bus operations in real time and a smart card under the ITS. The control center was built at ISBT-43.

Commuters can now live track buses en route. Estimated arrival/departure time will be displayed at terminals, bus queue shelters and commuter locations via mobile app/web.

Commuters can also use a trip planner via the mobile app, which also displays the bus route and schedule.

A grievance redress management system (GRMS) is integrated into the application. Live feed to on-board CCTV cameras to improve commuter safety is also part of the ITS system.

Relocation also aimed at decongesting the roads

To avoid two or three buses running simultaneously on the same route, the data collected from ITS is being studied to prepare route plans so that all these buses reach the final destination from different routes. , said an official, adding that it would not only decongest the road. but also give more options to passengers waiting on other routes.

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