MBMC bus ridership hits 72,000 this week; special services to transport cops

MBVV Chief- Sadanand Date thanked staff members and managers of MBMC buses for providing the services | Photo: file image

An indicator of the fact that more and more citizens of the twin city are opting for the “road lifeline” to get to work or travel for other purposes, the average daily ridership of the bus services offered by the public transport authority attached to the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) hit the 72,000 mark this week.

Currently, 70 of the 74 buses run on 18 designated routes as services gradually expand to more parts inside and outside the twin city. While road traffic for buses has exceeded 95%, completion of regular ferries is set at 99%.

Before the March 2020 lockdown, the average number was 40,000 commuters per day.

“Our main goal is to provide quality services at affordable rates. Second, an elaborate plan has been drawn up to launch environmentally electric buses as soon as possible. said City Leader Dilip Dhole.

Notably, 816 commuters took advantage of the pass facility in the first half of this month.

“The ridership has increased mainly thanks to the streamlining of the routes, the improvement of the frequency to 10-15 minutes, the regular cleanliness and the maintenance of the buses. However, efforts were underway to improve the frequency to 5-10 minutes for daily office workers and students in some corridors,” administrative manager Dinesh Kangurde said.

“Unlike earlier erratic services, the MBMC bus service has definitely improved. However, the administration should give extra importance to cleanliness and driver behavior,” said Pratik Patil, a regular commuter.

In order to inculcate a sense of discipline in drivers and bus conductors, the city administration has also launched the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its bus fleet. Each bus is monitored via a Global Positioning System (GPS) on the ITS dashboard which detects signal hopping, hopping stopping or any type of route change.

After terminating the contract with the regular service provider, the city administration, as a stopgap measure, appointed another private contracting agency to operate its bus fleet on a Net Cost Contract (NCC) model. This is supported by Viability Gap Funding (VGF) to improve the service network.

Special buses for cops:

Based on the request of the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) Police, the MBMC has set up special bus services to transport police personnel from Thane to Bhayandar via their Kashimira duty stations and Headquarters social at Mira Road Bhayandar via Mira Road.

MBVV Chief Sadanand Date personally thanked MBMC staff for providing the services.

“Although the service was started at the request of the MBVV police, municipal officials and staff members can also travel on the buses,” Kangurde said.

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