Mumbai: BEST set to restart feeder services from railway stations on August 15 | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: With the city’s lifeline — local trains — all set to welcome its quintessential commuter, at least those who have been fully vaccinated, from August 15, the city’s red bus — BEST — will ply on ‘feeder routes’ in a full-fledged manner.
This means that buses which used to run from railway stations to pockets at the far west or the east will now be pressed into service for commuter convenience.
The feeder routes had been discontinued since the outbreak of thepandemic due to which locals trains were out of bounds for the general public.
In another development, the BEST announced that it has now truncated most of its ‘long-distance’ routes, and will instead run buses on ‘short’ routes as a majority of commuters — at least 60% — prefer to travel by the red buses on short-distances, said a senior official.
As part of the plan to run buses on short-distance routes, the BEST announced on Sunday that it has cobbled up seven ‘hubs’ which officials claimed would help in seamless travel and improve the frequency of buses.
“When there are shorter routes, we can connect them through a hub which will be an intermediary bus station where commuters can terminate his trip or catch a second bus as per his or her convenience,” the official said. At a hub, there will soon be indicators showing expected time of next buses departing from that bus station. It will be more convenient for commuters to change buses at a hub rather than get down at any stop and change a route,” he said.
One of these hubs will be the revamped Mahim bus station, with four bus tracks, which was inaugurated by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday. The other hubs will be at Sion, Wadala, Dadar, Jogeshwari, Andheri and Santacruz, the official said.
Commuters can interchange buses at the hubs. So to travel from western suburbs to south Mumbai, one can travel up to Mahim and get a seamless connect in another bus to Colaba/Cuffe Parade.


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