Bhubaneswar makes a smart move with smart buses

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With an aim to boost the urban mobility services, the Capital Region Urban Transport is all set to roll out 200 new city buses with ultramodern IT technology from November 6, 2018. The transport body has finally got the area-based permit from the Commerce and Transport department, which issued the notification of providing permit to the buses.

Reportedly, the buses can enter as many as 465 revenue villages of the state capital along with its surrounding areas such as Khurda and Jatni. However, currently, 110 buses run on 17 routes in the city and also connects Puri. Officials have prepared the presentation and submitted the application with the transport department to get the area-based permit for the new buses. The application was passed and a notification was issued in accordance to the permission of the buses, informed a transport body official.

Of the 107 bus shelters, most of them are broken down. As of now, the authorities are working on renovating them. The application for other areas will be submitted after November. As per the Urban Bus Design Code, smart features such as spacious cabin are also to be added to the new fleet of buses to make it citizen-friendly. Citizens will be able to book their tickets and minimise their waiting time at the bus stop by tracking the location of the vehicle with the help of the mobile app, which will be available, both on Android and iOs operating systems.

Bus shelters are expected to have advanced features like digital screens to display the bus routes and the arrival times. Along with the mobile app, the bus operation would be integrated with a commerce and control centre of Bhubaneswar Smart City. With the help of the vehicle-tracking system, experts at the command control centre will be able to monitor the bus services and also coordinate with the app service.

Reportedly, they are developing 200 new bus shelters, of which 100 will have cycle-docking facility to provide last mile connectivity to the commuters. Also, plans are to procure 90 electric buses.