Engineering students in Bangalore to design metro feeder services

Four engineering students will design a feeder bus service for the Namma Metro. They will use the latest technologies like satellite imaging, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) to plan the routes.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is geared up to provide feeder services once Namma Metro commences operations, by deploying 64 buses on 26 feeder routes at a frequency of 10 minutes, said Transport Minister R. Ashok. Speaking at a press meet, Ashok said that buses will be operated to various localities up to 12 km from each metro station. These feeder services will operate to and from six stations on Reach 1 of Namma Metro between Byappanahalli and M.G. Road.

Also a group of transport engineering students have been commissioned to design a seamless feeder network to the Metro from different parts of the city to enable commuters to move from one transport system to another without any hitch. The design will be ready just ahead of the transport system getting underway. Post-graduate students from BMS and RV College of Engineering have been commissioned to undertake it under the guidance of BMRC, BMTC and overall coordination of the Department of Urban Land Transport.

The students are planning to design a system that will integrate Metro with BMTC, KSRTC and Railways. Commuters disembarking at Metro stations should be able to catch buses to different bus stands and railway stations within the city as well as to major points leading to residential areas. “The study will determine the number of buses required. It will factor in existing travelling density, how each Metro station is located vis-a-vis the destination location, stations that enable connectivity and distances over which buses have to be operated,” Said the urban development department officials.

The BMTC, meanwhile, has tentatively planned to introduce 1,000 buses as feeder services to the Metro during the night. These buses will be available for commuters between 11pm and 12.30am from different Metro stations to a variety of residential localities directly and via central points. Buses are expected to operate to central points like Majestic, Shivaji Nagar, K R Market and Jayanagar. Some key locations to which passenger flow post-10 pm is high are Kengeri, Vijayanagar, Nagarbhavi, Banashankari, Jayanagar, Yelahanka, K R Puram and Marathalli. Services to these areas from stations will get priority along with new localities that may also have high passenger flow once Metro begins.

Features of feeder service

1. Network alignment is worked out using GIS with up to four loops for each station
2. The routes are within 1.5 km radius from the stations
3. Buses will be available every five to 10 min
4. Travel time will be from 10 to 20 minutes
5. Bus stops are located between 300 metres and 750 metres from stations
6. Speed of the bus will be 40 km/hr
7. Emergency management provides users of Namma Metro access to hospitals, fire stations and police stations

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