Finally, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking's (BEST) bus lane proposal has taken concrete shape. Commuters in eastern suburbs can take to the city's first-ever bus lane under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) between Thane and Dadar from December 15.
According to the project document, the 25.9 km experimental bus lane between Thane and Dadar will be formed via the Eastern Express Highway and have eight bus stops along the entire route. Buses, that will use all flyovers in the route too, will arrive at 8 to 10 minute intervals between 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm.
As the brand new, state-of-the-art fleet of 20 CNG-run, air-conditioned, low-floor buses will take at least six months to arrive from the manufactures, the BEST has proposed to induct 20 ultra low-floor Star buses or its air-conditioned buses from the existing fleet on the bus lanes.
The basic fare for BRTS buses will be Rs 13 for non-AC buses and Rs 23 for air-conditioned buses for a distance of 3 km. However, as the BEST is using its existing fleet of old ultra low floor buses, the initial fare will be Rs 9 for non-AC and Rs 19 for AC for a distance of 3 km. "The new minimum fare structure of Rs 13 will come into force once brand new buses are inducted," the project report said.
The eight bus stops:
Chainani Elders Home, Mulund