Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

BEST : Ready to lead





BEST (  Mumbai’s bus transport service  ) is about to set an example to Municipal Corporations all over India


By implementing suggestions from following blog ( sent as email to Shri Bagade on 15  Feb 2016 ) :


Public  Transport as  a  Solution  [  15   Feb  2016  ]





Times of India ( 14 March 2018 ) describes BEST innovations in following report :

 Soon, check BEST App to find next Bus location


TIMES REPORT
      CCTV & Wi-Fi on all buses

MY E MAIL

      A tablet type digital device fitted behind each seat , where passenger to touch his
      destination on route map displayed .




TIMES REPORT

    GPS-enabled e-ticket machines to track how crowded buses are


MY E MAIL

    Passenger will also touch his smart phone to the device which will transfer the fare
     amount to the bus operator , through a mobile wallet .

   No need for a conductor - as practiced in many foreign countries ! 

   This will tell the driver , at which stops , which passengers are getting off and how
   many seat/s are falling vacant

   
    If bus is already FULL and no passenger is getting off at the next bus stop, then driver
    will not halt the bus , since he cannot accommodate any standee passenger


    If a passenger is supposed to get off at , say XYZ stop , digital device will flash a
    signal / ring a bell , a few minutes before reaching the stop



TIMES  REPORT

   Command centre at Wadala to coordinate bus movement


MY  E  MAIL

     Entire intra-city bus traffic will be monitored and controlled from the Central Traffic
    Control Station of the city traffic department , much in the same way ATC control air

    traffic or railways control train traffic



TIMES  REPORT

   Bus stops boards to show expected time of arrival / All details to be posted on new web site & app


MY  E MAIL

    Bus Arrival Time Indicators  ( linked with GPS in all buses ) at all bus stops



TIMES  REPORT

   Common centre can view movement of every bus / Will instruct driver to slow down if he is found speeding  /  If there is a huge crowd at a stop, extra bus can be plied on that route


MY  E  MAIL

    It is just a question of extending an existing ( but slightly modified ) technology to
    city traffic

  As far as density of traffic on various roads is concerned , mobile apps are already
    available


    Based on the situation , Central Traffic Control will order additional buses to be
    injected on any particular route , at any given time




TIMES  REPORT

    So , don’t waste time waiting for bus . Also find out how crowded the next bus , or the one after that, is


MY  E  MAIL

    This ( No of Vacant Seats ) sign will also appear prominently on the bus itself as it
    pulls into the halt. No need for a conductor - as practiced in many foreign countries ! 

   
    This will tell the driver , at which stops , which passengers are getting off and how
    many seat/s are falling vacant

   
    If bus is already FULL and no passenger is getting off at the next bus stop, then driver
    will not halt the bus , since he cannot accommodate any standee passenger


    If a passenger is supposed to get off at , say XYZ stop , digital device will flash a
   signal / ring a bell , a few minutes before reaching the stop



It felt great to receive following email from BEST :


On  12th Sept 2017 , Shri S R Jadhav ( Traffic Manager – Planning & Control ) sent to me following email :
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Sent: 12 September 2017 14:58


To: Hemen Parekh


Subject: re: fw: A COMPREHENSIVE BEST SOLUTION


Sir,

This refers to your letter dated 21.08.2017 addressed to the General Manager, BEST Undertaking.


At the outset, we thank you for providing suggestions in connection with BEST bus operation.


The BEST Undertaking is in the process of developing App for BEST buses. Besides, we are also planning to install GPS on buses to get Real Time Information for updated Passengers Information System.


In connection with this, we have also noted your suggestion for Bus Route Indicator at bus stops.


We would also like to inform you that MMRDA is carrying out study for 'Dedicated Bus Lane' on major corridor of Mumbai.


Yours faithfully,

( S.R. Jadhav)

Traffic Manager

(Planning & Control)


Thank  You ,  Mr  Jadhav ,

You have shown that you are ready to revolutionize the Public Transport in our country !


14  March  2018








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