Commute

Read in-depth reportage, explainers and analysis of urban transportation challenges and solutions. Traffic congestion, modes of public transit such as the bus, Metro rail or suburban rail, sustainable mobility, government policy and citizen demands are at the core of these articles. Explore articles on various initiatives to improve the state of commute: from ride-sharing services to pedestrian-friendly streets and cycling infrastructure, to proposals for improvement of congestion-related problems in local neighbourhoods. You can also find explainers on transport-related services like getting a Drivers License or a No-Objection Certificate.

In part one, I wrote about my experience as a regular user of public transport. I described what it is like to commute by walking, by bus, and by cabs and auto rickshaws. This article will provide insights about using the metro and my perspective as a pedestrian. Most importantly, I will also offer suggestions on how the government and other entities can improve public transport. Namma metro I simply love the metro. It is unimaginable that public transport can be enjoyable – neat, clean, air-conditioned, well-behaved people, always on time, etc. There is hope! But advertisers make the metro…

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As a regular user of public transport in Bengaluru, I would like to share my experiences and offer some suggestions for improving the same. My observations will not be restricted to only vehicles and movement. Before that, let me explain what I understand to be public transportation: It is a combination of two or more of these: walking plus road transport (bus, cab, auto, bicycle…) and metro (or train) plus the reverse. All this involves a host of issues and challenges. Let me emphasise at the outset that I will not attempt to balance my observations with “good things” that…

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There is a small patch of land adjacent to the Baiyappanahalli metro station. This is the first stop for the mobile Alli Serona bus stop, a colourful art installation. The roof of the bus stop is draped in colourful fabric, the inside features tablets for visitor surveys, digital screens with the story of the bus stop and a single red chair. If you sit on the chair you are voting for a bus stop. Over four hundred people did that on the first day of the exhibition on October 5th. The beginnings of Alli Serona The bus stop is a…

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The yellow boards on passenger vehicles have outlived their utility and are causing more harm than good. The carpooling controversy in Bengaluru showed our inability to rethink the rules when faced with behaviour that runs contrary to those rules. Read more: Making carpooling legal in Bengaluru – it’s the centre’s job, not state’s Over the past few days, newspapers have reported that service providers, which help people discover carpooling passengers via an app and charge for its use, will be slapped with a fine since they use white board (private) vehicles for a commercial purpose. The commerce here is charging…

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Our roads are not designed for driving below 50 km/hr, so why should one be penalized for pushing on the accelerator? For starters, I am a relatively slow driver. This subjective disclaimer is no proof before the Rs 1000 fine I was charged for going over the speed limit in Chennai recently.  Following this, I started driving consciously and analyzing speed behaviours in different parts of my daily commute, only to realize that speed is inherently connected to the roads you are driving in. Fundamental issues with road design Roads in India, at best, are planned for a comfortable journey…

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3233 பேருந்துகள். 633 தனித்துவமான வழிகள். நகரம் முழுவதும் உள்ள 31 டிப்போக்களில் பணிபுரியும் 19,762 பணியாளர்களின் அர்ப்பணிப்பு முயற்சியின் மூலம் நாள் ஒன்றுக்கு 28 லட்சம் பயணிகளுக்கு சேவை செய்தல். இது சென்னையின் பெருநகரப் போக்குவரத்துக் கழகத்தால் (MTC) நடத்தப்படும் பேருந்து சேவையின் மேலோட்டமாகும். சென்னையில் அடிக்கடி பேருந்துகளில் பயணிக்கும் அமுல்யா கூறுகையில், “சென்னையில் செல்ல வேண்டிய இடத்திற்கு பேருந்து வருமா என்பது அதிர்ஷ்ட விளையாட்டாகவே உள்ளது. நான் ஒரு பேருந்தைப் பிடிக்கும் நம்பிக்கையில் மணிக்கணக்கில் காத்திருப்பேன். பேருந்து கிடைக்காத நாட்கள் பல உண்டு."  சில நகர வழித்தடங்களில் பேருந்துகள் மிகவும் குறைவாகவே உள்ளன என்பதையும் சுட்டிக் காட்டுகிறார், மேலும் பெசன்ட் நகர் டெர்மினஸிலிருந்து எழும்பூருக்கு பேருந்துக்காக ஒரு மணி நேரத்திற்கும் மேலாகக் காத்திருந்த தனது தனிப்பட்ட அனுபவத்தை விவரிக்கிறார்.  அடையாரைச் சேர்ந்த மற்றொரு பயணியான உர்சுலா கூறுகிறார், "மெட்ரோ பணியை அனைவரும் குற்றம் சாட்டுகிறார்கள், ஆனால் பேருந்துக்காக மணிக்கணக்கில் காத்திருப்பதை நான் புரிந்துகொள்வது கடினம்."…

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3233 buses. 633 distinct routes. Serving a ridership of 28 lakh commuters per day through the dedicated efforts of a workforce of 19,762 employees stationed at 31 depots across the city. That is a snapshot of Chennai’s bus network run by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation, or MTC.  With able support and financial assistance, it could well prove to be the most efficient means of public transport in the city, but ask any commuter, do they really see it as the most comfortable, hassle-free mode of travel? The answers in the negative will perhaps outweigh the positive ones. Amulya, a frequent…

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Mumbai's beloved red double decker buses, steeped in memories cherished by millions over the decades, made their last journey on the streets of Mumbai on September 15. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) authorities announced that these vehicles, reaching the end of their 15-year operational lifespan, will go off the roads completely. These buses have been replaced by electric AC double decker buses and a few are already operational. On late Thursday evening, a day before the last ride of the double-decker bus, the BEST officials also announced that the AC electric double decker fleet will be taken to…

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The transport department’s notification on the mandatory installation of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) has confused vehicle owners. It is mandatory  for vehicles registered before April 1, 2019, to install HSRPs by November 17, 2023.  The number of such vehicles is well over a crore and it is possible that the date maybe shifted a few times. However, if your vehicle is older than April 2019 it will be necessary to install HSRPs soon. Here is an explainer on what is HSRP and how to get one:      What is HSRP? High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) is a standard for vehicle…

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Overwhelming response to a first-of-its-kind outreach initiative 95% of the 3,855 respondents of the #Personal2Public Bengaluru questionnaire are keen to shift to Metro Seamless integration and travel time were a priority over travel cost A campaign towards sustainable commute Namma Metro has been seeing a steady increase in its ridership, despite its myriad issues, such as few lines are operational, first and last mile connectivity. With the much-awaited metro lines to Whitefield and Electronic City expected to be operational in September 2023 and January 2024, respectively, extending the Namma Metro network to ~93 kms, is an opportune moment to promote…

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