CHENNAI: The new red buses launched by way of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation in three stages, because October 2018, changing nearly 10% of the getting older fleet, are a massive hit amongst commuters within the metropolis. Despite seating eight human beings fewer than the antique buses with 46 seats, the 300 new buses, with broader seats and better leg space, are drawing more excellent commuters and generating extra revenue, suggesting reliable data. More than 55% of these buses are operated in south Chennai, especially alongside OMR or the IT hall, where there aren’t any train offerings beyond Thiruvanmiyur/Taramani.
Every day, a new bus in this stretch generates Rs eleven,500-Rs 12,000 in revenue via price tag income, even as an antique one collects Rs 1,000, much less. In simple phrases, a brand new bus has a mean everyday footfall of greater than 900 against 750 for a vintage bus. This information reiterates findings utilizing various studies using delivery groups that MTC is the preferred mode of public shipping. More passengers will choose it if buses are in higher form and more punctual. But is MTC equipped just to accept the task?
Most passengers say the price ticket cost is a primary problem. Nataraj of Thiruvanmiyur has almost all new buses as deluxe offerings (constrained bus stops), charging 1.5 times more than ordinary services. It will be higher if some are employed as standard buses which could pick up and drop passengers in all bus stops. MTC authorities, in reaction, say it’ll be economically unviable to perform them as regular offerings. Still, they appear optimistic that with the appearance of four hundred more inside the near future, more passengers could migrate again to buses. Migration to trains and share vehicles occurred soon after the kingdom transport.
Department expanded bus fares by 67% in January 2017. According to records, from 42 lakh, the average footfall in MTC buses reduced to 35 lakh. MTC then rationalized operations, specializing in routes in which the demand is high and retaining top-of-the-line service stage in different regions.