Soon,travelling in a less familiar part of the city in a public transport bus and worrying about missing bus stops may be a thing of the past. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) undertaking has begun trials of public information systems installed in a handful of buses and these systems provide passengers with information about their journey.
The equipment will also let the utility to track the movement of any bus in real time using the global positioning system.
The project has been started on a pilot basis in a few buses. The testing of these buses of Wadala depot will begin within a month, general manager O P Gupta said,confirming the development. Depending on the results of the pilot run,we will extend it to buses at other depots in a phased manner, he added.
An official from the Wadala depot said,as of now,the equipment has gone live on three routes,namely 504,which travels to Jalvayu Vihar in Kharghar,502,which travels to Nerul,and 440,which goes to Borivali station.
The undertaking has also installed the equipment in buses plying on route numbers 453,which travels to Lokmanya Nagar in Thane,and C-52 that travels to Kalamboli bus station,the official added.
The real-time tracker will also help it in keeping a tab on its fleet,track bottlenecks,breakdowns or other impediments and gradually work on reducing the running time on its routes.
The utility has entered into an agreement with Verve Compusoft,which will install the equipment and arrange for the data to be collated and sent to a server. In return,Verve gets advertising rights on the equipment installed in buses. Once systems start functioning smoothly,the agency plans to set up an equipment at bus stops that will tell commuters about the diustance of their journey,an official said.