Track move­ment of BEST buses while wait­ing at stops

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TAK­ING a step to­wards dig­i­tal­is­ing its en­tire fleet of buses and all the bus stops across the city, the BEST Un­der­tak­ing ap­proved the R112-crore In­tel­li­gent Trans­port Man­age­ment Sys­tem (ITMS), which would al­low com­muters to know the ex­pected time of ar­rival of buses while they wait at the stops.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior BEST of­fi­cials, ini­tially 400 buses out of the to­tal 3,300 and 200 bus stops would be in­te­grated with the sys­tem.

Com­muters would be alerted about the lo­ca­tion of buses, when they are just 15 min­utes away from the stops.

Speak­ing to mid-day, BEST Gen­eral Man­ager Suren­dra Bagde said, “Through this sys­tem, buses and stops will be in­te­grated with GPS. Com­muters will be able to track the move­ment of buses on their cell phone. This will also help the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cide on the bus sched­ules and work tim­ings. A con­trol room at the Wadala de­pot will help mon­i­tor the en­tire fleet.”

He fur­ther said, “Once the work or­der is is­sued, we plan to get the sys­tem run­ning within nine months. Ten­ta­tively, it should start op­er­at­ing by Jan­uary 2019.”

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