MTC looks at revising trip duration – Reports The Hindu
In a bid to reduce stress on drivers and related accidents, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) is in the process of changing the duration of bus trips.
For this purpose, it has undertaken a scientific study on various MTC routes. The study will analyze the number of bus stops and traffic signals on each route that cause the slowing down of vehicles. The transport corporation has also started simulation training for drivers to reduce accidents. The Hindu had highlighted the issue of accidents involving MTC buses on city roads, in these columns on Tuesday.
The MTC has a fleet strength of over 3,500 buses plying on over 750 routes and caters to the needs of over 50 lakh passengers daily. Each bus plies at least 10 trips every day. The shortest duration of a single trip is 40 minutes and longest is close to two hours.
The duration was fixed in the 1960s when traffic was minimal. But now, drivers are unable to finish trips on time due to traffic. “Drivers claim they drive at high speeds to complete trips on time. Hence, we decided to make some adjustments in the trip timing. It is a complicated process, and will take some time,” said a senior MTC official.
The MTC is also identifying bus stops that are close to each other. “We will be removing such unnecessary halts as they affect the duration,” the official added. Drivers say that these measures, coupled with proper maintenance of buses, will reduce the number of accidents.
Source: The Hindu