Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) organised the one-day conference on Sustainable Public Transport at 8th Edition of BusWorld Conference in Bengaluru on 30 August 2018. The conference focused on three major topics:
1. Electrification of Public Transport: Government of India has initiated FAME Program to accelerate the adoption of electric buses in India. Under the first phase of FAME-I, the Government has sanctioned e-buses to 8 cities (Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Jammu, Guwahati, Kolkata and Mumbai).Further, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) and Mumbai (Maharashtra) are running electric buses in the city. The cities are currently exploring different business models and solution to implement e-bus solutions. The role of supporting infrastructure and grid connectivity is equally important.
2. Digitial Transaction towards Efficient Public Transport System: The public transport sector must foster digital innovation and be bold in trying out innovative solutions. Digitalization is not an issue for the future. It is already happening and the public transport sector needs to embrace it, to take advantage of the numerous opportunities it offers as well as preparing itself for its role in the future mobility market. Digital transaction will help to improve the efficiency of payment collection for STUs and will provide better data for planning.
3. Accessible Public Transport for People with Disabilities (PWD): Government of India launched “Accessible India Campaign” in 2015. Persons with disabilities have an equal right to travel and use public and private transport infrastructure with dignity and user friendly. Accessible transportation plays a critical role in the growth of its economy. STUs in India have introduced low floor buses and other features to support these initiatives. Further, there are many independent institutions which are working in this area.
The event was a big success, as more than 25 domestic and international speakers participated, and shared their experience with the gathering.