A developed city is not one where more people can afford private vehicles; it is one where people who can afford private vehicles also use public transport. In order to make its public transport system more efficient and attractive to commuters, the city of Bengaluru is getting an Intelligent Transport System (ITS). The ITS is a system which will keep track of buses and help the commuter know for how long he needs to wait at the bus stop.
How does it work?
The ITS has been launched by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to add a degree of certainty and predictability to its public transport system. Around 6,400 buses have been installed with Vehicle Tracking Systems and Electronic Ticketing Systems. These systems provide real-time data such as the time at which the bus left the depot, its present location, and number of tickets sold to a central Passenger Information System. From there, information is routed to major bus stops and the BMTC app. Display boards have been installed at bus stops that show which bus in a particular route number will be arriving in how many minutes.
The live-tracking of buses also makes it easy to spot an accident or breakdown anywhere in the city, following which help can be sent to the site at the earliest.
Information on fingertips:
The BMTC app provides some more features apart from tracking your bus. Users can know the estimated time of arrival (ETA), buses approaching major bus stands and the International Airport within the next one hour, as well as buses plying between a source and destination selected by the user to plan his trip. It also allows users to save their favourite routes for future reference and to give feedback on the service of BMTC buses and the app itself. The BMTC app is available on Android and can be downloaded from this link: https://goo.gl/I2NIfc
The implementation of the ITS is a major step towards ensuring the relevance of public transport at a time when app-based cab services are becoming popular. It should certainly attract commuters away from their private vehicles as they will now get deterministic information about buses on their fingertips. The Logical Indian applauds the efforts of BMTC to modernize its services and requests the commuters in Bengaluru to make full use of them. We also encourage the users to give their feedback on the BMTC app so that the quality of service can be further improved.
– Abhishek Mittal