16 BEST feeder routes likely soon

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16 BEST feeder routes likely soon

MUMBAI: Office-goers now demand adequate number of buses outside Metro stations to take them to the nearest commercial hubs and residential colonies.

Sources said BEST soon plans to introduce 16 short-distance feeder routes outside Metro stations. Commuters can also expect implementation of SATIS—station area traffic improvement system—outside Ghatkopar, D N Nagar and Western Express Highway Metro stations in the first phase, MMRDA officials said.

There are also indications that BEST may consider curtailing a few long-distance routes running through Andheri and Ghatkopar. Sources said pasengers of the popular route Number 340, for instance, have started switching to the Metro.

"It will be profitable to have feeder routes instead of longer ones," a senior official said. "However, we are waiting for completion of SATIS to ensure enough bus stops where we can park and pick up passengers."

An MMRDA official said SATIS was nearing completion at a few Metro stations. "To begin with, we may introduce it at Ghatkopar, Western Express Highway and D N Nagar. There will be bus parking bays and stops where passengers can get buses every five to ten minutes. The objective will be to provide you with a bus the minute you step out of a Metro train and vice versa," he said.

A Mumbai Metro One spokesperson said: "We are closely working with MMRDA and BEST in strategic capacity to ease passenger/traffic dispersal along Metro corridor and will encourage more feeder routes."

Sources said Metro indicators will flash the bus route from a particular station. Similarly, buses will flash the next available Metro train. MMRDA's Dilip Kawathkar said, "We are keen on integrating Mass Rapid Transit System with BEST and are at an advanced stage of giving go-ahead for dedicated feeder routes."

Date of Article: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Times of India