Buy ticket for NMMT bus online, enjoy free WiFi
FIRST OF ITS KIND Pilot project starts on two routes for three months
Commuters in the city can now book bus tickets online and avail free WiFi on select buses.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT), which is offering the services, said it is the first public transport undertaking in the state to offer an online ticketing service and WiFi service. The services will enable commuters to book bus tickets on the go through the mobile application ‘Ridlr’.
The NMMT has entered into a contract with Ridlr for online ticketing on two of its routes- 123 and 125. The service, which was started on December 28, is available for Volvo air-conditioned buses.
The NMMT announced on Friday that the pilot project has been introduced on the two routes for three months and will be implemented on other routes thereafter.
Commuters can download the Ridlr app, select the destination and pay through the mobile wallet for an e-ticket. This ticket is then to be shown to the conductor for validation.
The WiFi service too is a pilot project for three months on the same routes. Passengers have to enter ‘ridlr’ as the password which will get them unlimited access to Airtel 2G service throughout the ride.
“With the growing popularity of the bus routes, mobile ticketing is sure to add to the convenience of the commuters,” said Sanjay Pattiwar, additional municipal commissioner, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).
He said, “An alternative mode of ticketing to the conventional paper tickets would be of great help to passengers. A simple process and ease of access will entice users to switch to mobile ticketing for their daily commute.”
“The move is in line with the NMMC’s commitment to offer a better commuting experience to the passengers,” said Shirish Aradwad, NMMT general manager, who has been spearheading strategic technological innovations.
He said, “The service will save commuters’ time. The WiFi service will help attract the youth and professionals to the buses.”
Brijraj Vaghani, chief executive officer of Ridlr, said, “We saw people facing multiple problems in their daily commute such as waiting in long queues, spending a lot of time at booking counters and struggling with change to pay for tickets.”
He added, “Currently, Ridlr offers ticketing solution for NMMT and Mumbai Metro. Soon, we will offer tickets for BEST and other transportation bodies.”
Ravi Khemani, co-founder of Ridlr, said, “We are aiming to save time by getting rid of paper tickets and long queues.”