Tuesday, 19 October 2021

From today BEST to start new bus routes in Mumbai

From today BEST to start new bus routes in Mumbai

The BEST(The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) will start 27 new bus routes from Wednesday onwards.

The bus routes have been adjusted, keeping in mind the change in the commuting pattern of passengers throughout the pandemic. The organization will be focusing more on operating buses on feeder routes.

The buses will be mainly operating from suburban railway stations connecting other nearby areas. The organization has stated that the new routes will improve frequency.

BEST is also expecting to increase its passengers with the new routes as the organization would introduce minibusses on feeder routes outside suburban railway stations.

A senior BEST official said

“The new routes will enable passengers to travel swiftly to their destinations. There will also be better frequency of buses on the new routes. Focus is given to feeder routes that can connect easily,”

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On average, nearly 2.4 million passengers travel by BEST buses daily.

As local train services resumed on Independence Day for fully-vaccinated passengers, BEST witnessed a 1.8 million drop in passenger count between August 15 and August 23.

Between August 9 and August 13, nearly 11.8 million passengers commuted by the BEST buses in the city. Between August 15 and August 23, almost 10 million passengers traveled by BEST buses.

 A BEST official said

“Since the trains have begun for fully vaccinated people, we rationalised our bus routes and reintroduced feeder routes that connects stations,”

Besides, the authorities have introduced 15 new routes as well. These will begin from various depots like Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Navy Nagar, Kurla station, Mulund, and Maheshwari Udyan. The new routes will connect the Western and Eastern suburbs.

The officials said these buses would run every 10 to 15 minutes. They are also canceling, extending, amalgamating, curtailing, and changing bus operations on 78 routes.

However, some residents took to social media and pointed out that actual rationalization can only occur when the Metro is complete.

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