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 Track your BMTC bus

Over 800 new JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) buses will have the in-built GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographical Information System) systems while LED displays will also facilitate PIS. The technology will be provided by Ashok Leyland and Tata.

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murali772's picture

primitive

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Compared to Yi, which had been put in place over 3 years back, this is just primitive. And, the traffic experts had nothing to say when Yi was dumped. Monopoly sustains BMTC; but the cost the city and citizens are paying is huge.
 

Muralidhar Rao
Naveen's picture

YI was ahead in time, perhaps

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Mr.Murali,

I think YI, great as it was, was a bit ahead for the times since it was catering only to the volvos & was done by a private firm - BMTC also seemed not to have the necessary infrastructure nor the know-how to handle it then & recovery of costs for the service were not properly channeled - we had discussed about this during the meeting with BMTC.

Now, with funding from JNNURM, these kinks in the system will get resolved & the service may work this time. Let's see the positive side of things too.

murali772's picture

big deal!

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If I have understood the report correctly, this facility serves only the people who are already in the bus - big deal that is (((:

Muralidhar Rao
Naveen's picture

Positives Ignored Again !

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@Murali - You said :

" If I have understood the report correctly, this facility serves only the people who are already in the bus "

I quote from the report (last para) :

" PIS in the remaining buses will be commissioned in two phases over the next six months. Reacting to the development, Professor M N Shrihari, a traffic expert, says: "Passengers can now organise their trips. They need not wait too long as the status of the buses travelling along the route will be made available."

This clarifies that passengers waiting at bus stops will get to know about buses that are due at their bus stop through LED displays. It actually covers all passengers & not the ones who can afford mobile phones with costs for SMS msgs only . Which is better & more inclusive ?

murali772's picture

facilitation is the key

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As of now, less than 45% of the total trips made in Bangalore are by BMTC buses. This has to improve to 75-80 % if we are interested in restoring order on our roads. And, this lot comprises the personal vehicle users, largely, all of whom have mobile phones and who would be happy to pay the nominal charges for knowing where a bus is from wherever they are at any given time.

Bus usage has to be facilitated by this and as many ways as possible. If one has to go to a bus stop to find out when the next bus is coming, it is not exactly helping much.  

 

Muralidhar Rao
Naveen's picture

Facilitation follows feedback, not criticism

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This has to improve to 75-80 % if we are interested in restoring order on our roads.

Which large city in the world has only bus service as PT that caters to 75-80 % of all trips performed ? I have asked you this question before with no answers from you. Do you have an answer to this now ? I know there isn't such a city (except a few with BRT).

It is always a combination of modes - metrorail, bus & any other/s (tram-light rail, monorail, etc.) that result in such high percentages of PT trips in all major cities - never mixed-traffic buses alone.

This lot comprises the personal vehicle users, largely, all of whom have mobile phones and who would be happy to pay the nominal charges for knowing where a bus is from wherever they are at any given time.

Do not be too sure when you make assumptions - they may be incorrect. I know a lot of people (my children, for example) who do not carry mobile phones but reach a bus stop anytime depending on their college /school /tution times & would be very pleased to know bus arrival times at bus-stops.

Bus usage has to be facilitated by this and as many ways as possible. If one has to go to a bus stop to find out when the next bus is coming, it is not exactly helping much.

If this has not already been included, BMTC has a feedback mechanism that might address this in the future. Placing GPS /GIS for a real-time information system such as the PIS has any no. of possibilities & one might even be able to get it off the PC whilst sitting in an office, apart from an SMS on his mobile.

The point is - they are thinking right this time & in a much more organized, comprehensive manner than just scratching the surface like what YI was.

Vasanthkumar Mysoremath's picture

Pardon me- Does YI mean 'Yelle Iru'?

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YI = Yelle iru, next bus Kaayuthaa Iru

If I am wrong, please correct me.

- With all these Yi / GPS / GIS /  LED etc., if a public protest is holding up the traffic at KR Circle, all the high profile YI (why I am living in Bengaluru?)  goes for a toss along with my tax money.. 

- Vasanth Mysoremath

murali772's picture

Delhi's TRAKO

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Check this, and this
 

Muralidhar Rao

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