Metro Rail’s Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system will also have a provision for a combined metro rail, MMTS and bus ticket to enable seamless travel on all public transport modes, said Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.
At a meeting held with the top APSRTC authorities including its Vice-Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Khan on Tuesday at Bus Bhavan, Mr. Reddy assured that all the bus depots and key bus stations will be integrated with overhead metro rail stations through skywalks.
HMR/L&TMRH will be integrating RTC facilities at Miyapur and JBS depots to take care of bus passengers coming from North Telangana districts; at Dilsukhnagar bus depot for bus passengers coming from Nalgonda, Khammam and coastal districts; and at MGBS for linking up inter-State and inter-district bus services.
It was decided that the interchange metro station at MGBS serving both Corridor-I (Miyapur-LB Nagar) and Corridor-II (JBS-Falaknuma) will be integrated with MGBS providing easy access for metro rail and bus passengers without disturbing the existing bus operations.
Interchange station designs would be frozen only after a joint inspection with the cost of any relocation of RTC facilities to be borne by HMR. A separate vehicular and pedestrian entry facility would also be built into MGBS for usage of the metro rail commuters from south bank of Musi.At JBS, Dilsukhnagar and Miyapur bus depots, HMR would provide metro rail connectivity through skywalks and landing facilities without any relocation of the existing depot facilities.
APSRTC’s new depot at Falaknuma would also be integrated with the metro rail services of the Falaknuma terminal station. The Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director asserted that the metro rail corridors were not going anywhere near the Gowliguda hangar or the depot. The APSRTC Managing Director on his part stated that matching technical gadgets would be provided in buses to facilitate the proposed combined ticket.
Metro Automatic Fare Collection to have provision for a combined Metro Rail, MMTS and bus ticket