With the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro corridor likely to be operational by March 2014,the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA),Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking and the Mumbai suburban railways have initiated measures to offer seamless connectivity to commuters.
The Station Area Traffic Improvement System (SATIS) is
being adopted to offer easy travel between the three public transport systems with efforts like easy ticketing and provision of dedicated bus feeder routes.
However,taking note of the lack of supporting infrastructure in the first metro line,BEST has asked the MMRDA to provide bus landing area at metro stations along the proposed Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line.
Om Prakash Gupta,General Manager of BEST,said,It is too late to create infrastructure at stations along the first metro line now. So,we have adopted SATIS to improve connectivity between metro and road transport. However,we have asked MMRDA to ensure that during the planning of the third corridor,they must include bus landing areas at stations so that commuters can step out of the train and directly get into a bus instead of exiting the station completely and then waiting for a bus on the road.
With the metro station at Ghatkopar,adjacent to the suburban railway station,MMRDA has approached the Central Railway to integrate the railway foot-over-bridge with the metro station.
The 12-m wide foot-over-bridge will be directly connected once the metro station is ready,and ticketing counters will be set up near the inter-junction, said a CR officer.
BEST is also working with the MMRDA to plan air-conditioned feeder bus services from metro stations,capitalising on the fact that metro commuters,after an AC ride,are likely to prefer commuting through AC buses, officials said.