Public transport

UITP & WORLD BANK INVESTIGATE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON BUS OPERATIONS

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the global public transport sector, UITP and the World Bank have surveyed bus operators across India to better understand: what has been the impact of COVID-19 on operations?

Since 25 March, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak - with public transport services limited to essential services only.

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COVID HAS HIT INDIAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM MANY DIRECTIONS

Covid -19 pandemic has effected Indian Public Transport Sector in multiple ways. Initially because of the lockdown all public transportation came to a halt whether is buses, metros, taxis, auto rickshaws or other forms . When some of the public transportation modes such as buses, taxis, auto rickshaws and others were allowed to operate they started struggling with drastic fall in ridership to the extent of 90%. Even now where the workplaces have opened still the ridership is no match to the pre-covid times.

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UITP INDIA ANALYSIS OF FAME II TENDERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Covid-19 induced financial constraints have set back Indian bus agencies’ plans to pilot and scale up electric buses (e-buses) under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme. However, before the Covid lockdown began in March, many of the urban and intercity bus agencies have made significant progress towards procurement of e-buses under FAME-II. Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) that administers this scheme has sanctioned a total of 5,595 e-buses in the phase-I of e-bus funding under FAME II.

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UITP INDIA SEMINAR ON URBAN RAIL NETWORK – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES

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Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for a country's progress. To keep this faster pace, for moving people, urban rail projects are playing a crucial role not only as a transportation solution but as a means to transform cities. 52.8% of India's population would be living in cities and towns by mid-century compared to 32.8% in 2015, i.e. more than 750 million inhabitants.

Decoding Public Transportation: In conversation with UITP India (MotorIndia - August 2018)

We live in a world where our surrounding landscapes are rapidly changing. Cities are changing, new towns bubble up, and so are economic priorities and policies of the society. Mobility emerged as a critical priority in the last century, but now in our times, the need for transportation has reached a climacteric phase, where its ends and meets are put to question. Without reliable mobility, cities become fragmented, people get struck in their lives, and economies take a beating, while the existing mobility systems themselves bray without sustainability.

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JOURNEY HAS NO FACE, PASSENGER HAS A FACE – ALOK JAIN, PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERT

Mr. Alok Jain is the Managing Director of Trans-consult Asia, specializing in Traffic and Transport advisory services. He has worked in The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd. (KMB), Trans-consult Asia Ltd., Hong Kong, and MVA Asia Ltd., Hong Kong, and MTR Corporation / KCR Corporation, Hong Kong. He delivered keynote speech at UITP-BusWorld International Bus Conference in Kortrijk, Belgium on 23rd of October 2017. He shared with the audience about his vision about emerging mobility.

Some of the key highlights of the speech are:

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KARNATAKA ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ENERGY STORAGE POLICY 2017 – AN INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Government of India is promoting the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in India and has ambitious to convert all vehicles into electric powered by 2030. Karnataka has become the first state in India to issue state wide “Karnataka Electric Vehicles & Electric Storage Policy 2017” to develop the ecosystem for EVs.

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NEW METRO RAIL POLICY IN INDIA UNVEILED TO PROMOTE PRIVATE PARTICIPATION

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has framed a new Metro Rail Policy to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative and ‘Private Participation’ in metro rail projects. The policy has been approved by the cabinet meeting and will be unveiled soon. There was no metro specific policy framework in India. The policy aims to enable realization of growing metro rail aspirations of a large number of cities but in a responsible manner.

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UITP SEMINAR OUTLINES VITAL ROLE OF ITS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - MOTORINDIA MARCH EDITION

The 2nd UITP India Seminar on IT Solutions for Public Transport held recently in Bangalore reflected the huge potential available to develop advanced ITS technology for improving the country’s public transportation system. Ably organized by UITP India under the leadership of Dr. Ekroop Caur, Managing Director, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, and Head, UITP India Board, the Seminar was hosted by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and attracted luminaries from the transport sector across the globe.

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