City needs decentralised hubs, says transportation expert

Kochi needs of grid of transportation conveniences and decentralised hubs with the Vyttila mobility hub as the centre, Susan Zielinski, the MD of Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART) project of the University of Michigan said.

The agency catalyses research on a range of issues related to integrated and sustainable transportation.

She said here on Monday that the Vyttila hub is the first such hub she knows that would integrate water transport with bus (and later rail transport).

Its first phase has taken off way beyond expectations. Improvisations can be done to offer commuters a better deal, she said.

An expert on mobility hubs and related transportation ventures, Ms. Zielinski was advisor to city-based Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) for urban transport research.

She shared her expertise with the agency while it prepared the feasibility report for the Vyttila mobility hub in 2009.

On Monday, she visited the hub and also interacted with the MD of the Mobility Hub Society M. Beena and officials of the Corporation of Cochin.

CPPR Chairman D Dhanuraj was among those present.

At the meeting, there was a suggestion that the metro rail station proposed at Vyttila Junction be shifted to the hub so that commuters need not cross the busy junction.

“This aspect would be taken up with the Kochi Metro Rail Limited,” said Ms. Beena.

The possibility of sparing a floor of a building proposed in the hub for the station has to be looked into.

On the question of having a halt for trains at Ponnurunni near the hub, Ms. Beena said that MPs from the district are pursuing this.

‘Metro rail station proposed at Vyttila Junction should be shifted to the hub.'

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