Mumbai should have got a number of dedicated bus lanes years ago. But now that an announcement has been made, the new proposed corridors must come up at the earliest. They could play a major role in unclogging traffic, especially on highways and on other roads notorious as bottlenecks. Studies have shown that buses can ferry a far greater number of passengers than cars in a single hour. After the lanes are earmarked, the authorities will also have to see that the kind of farce seen at BKC—BEST drivers changing lanes and other vehicles getting into bus lanes—does not happen there again and on the new routes. This calls for stringent monitoring and traffic management. extension of BKC corridor up to Sion/Kurla and Bandra station.”
Transport experts said after launching the first dedicated bus lane at BKC some month back, BEST as well as MMRDA should have made efforts to ensure that the lanes are used exclusively for buses. “BEST should discipline its drivers while MMRDA should ensure that the lanes are kept exclusively for buses. Traffic police should be posted at signals to prevent trespassing by other vehicles,” said an expert. Ashok Datar, another expert, said the proposed dedicated lane on Western Express Highway can increase the carrying capacity of passengers by 70% during morning peak hours of 8am to 11am.