Pune News : PMPML to discontinue bus services on specific routes with low occupancy

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In a move aimed at streamlining bus services and reducing costs, the city transport organisation, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited has announced plans to shut down late-night and early-morning bus services on specific routes with low occupancy. The changes will come into effect next month and will impact a select few routes identified as low-traffic and unprofitable.

In addition to the route closures, the transport department has also proposed changes to general and broken bus operation schedules. This includes introducing more frequent bus services during peak hours and reducing services during off-peak times. The changes aim to ensure that buses operate at maximum efficiency and reduce operational costs for the transport department.

Another change that has been proposed is the revamp of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The BRT is a popular and cost-effective mode of transport in the city but has recently faced several challenges, including ticketing and bus schedules. The transport department has proposed several changes to the BRT system, including introducing smart ticketing, more frequent bus services, and introducing dedicated bus lanes.

Speaking about the changes, Omprakash Bakoria, chairman and managing director of PMPML, said, “To improve the service, we have examined every bus route depot-by-depot and found that very few people take buses in the early morning and late night.  We have identified certain routes with low occupancy, and it makes sense to shut down services on these routes to reduce operational costs. We are also changing general and broken bus schedules to ensure that buses operate at maximum efficiency.”

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