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Updated: September 30, 2009 14:47 IST

Timings of MTC buses to be online

Ajai Sreevatsan
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GPS-ERA BUSES? Most of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses in the city are reduced to junk due to poor maintenance. They are also of archaic design. Photo: M. Karunakaran
The Hindu GPS-ERA BUSES? Most of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses in the city are reduced to junk due to poor maintenance. They are also of archaic design. Photo: M. Karunakaran

For regular users of Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses, the hours spent waiting at bus shelters would make up a significant part of their everyday routine.

That would no longer be the case if software currently being tested by the MTC proves successful.

The application which provides information on bus arrival times will be launched as a micro-site on the MTC website soon.

It will also be accessible through a GPRS-enabled mobile phone. Information on arrival time of the 550 buses which are currently fitted with a GPS device will be accessible on the Internet.

“Passengers will know the exact time at which a bus would arrive at the stop even before leaving their home. They don’t have to wait at the bus shelter anymore,” said a senior official of the MTC.

Arrival information of all the buses that will arrive at a particular bus stop within the next 30 minutes would be available to passengers.

It will be an extension of the Passenger Information System (PIS) which scrolls arrival information on the display boards fixed in bus shelters.

According to the official, the site will provide live information from the GPS devices and any delays would get reflected online.

Service reliability

However, frequent users of MTC buses feel much more has to be done to improve reliability of the services. Balaji Manoharan, an MBA student and regular commuter, said: “Only few buses are fitted with GPS. Many people do not use the display boards currently available because of this. When you go to a bus stop, you just take the first bus which arrives instead of waiting for a GPS-enabled bus.” He added that the number of passengers who can access the Internet for such information was limited.

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I appreciate that MTC is trying to improve facilities.This would be greatly helpful for regular commuters and could save time.

from:  Karnal Premnath
Posted on: Oct 5, 2009 at 16:04 IST

All our buses should be air conditioned for the comfort of not only the passengers but also of our drivers and conductors.
We also need good roads, especially with effective rain water drainage facilities.

from:  Senthil Rajan
Posted on: Oct 4, 2009 at 10:57 IST

Suspension system is very poor in all buses, even in new buses, in Chennai. Why doesn't the government incorporate air suspension in normal buses? Bangalore has most of its city buses fixed with air suspension. But In Chennai only SETC Ultra Deluxe buses have air suspension. Mr K.N. Nehru has to take some initiatives for comfortable travel in public transport.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Oct 3, 2009 at 16:48 IST
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