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

Mini bus feeders for railway stations soon

BANGALORE: Train passengers in the city can hope to reach the railway stations in a more comfortable way.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) plans to start direct services to the City station and the Yeshwantpur station soon.

“There is a plan to introduce direct buses, but a memorandum of understanding is yet to be signed,” said K S Vishwanath, BMTC chief traffic manager (Operations).

A mini bus feeder service is being run on a trial basis from Majestic Bus Stand to City station free of cost.
The service will become paid one when it is introduced in the city.

The project is awaiting clearance from the Southwestern railways, following which an MoU will be signed, Vishwanath said.
The BMTC already has Volvo bus services to the Bangalore International Airport.

A BMTC official said the mini buses will provide a similar service to the stations.
The passenger traffic handled by the City station everyday is an estimated 1.5 lakh people.
Yeshwantpur station handles about half the number.

There will be seven routes for the buses. The routes will be decided during the signing of the MoU.

BMTC will employ 48 buses, of which 31 will be for Yeshwantpur station, and the remaining 17 will go to City station.

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