Mumbaiites’ may soon be able to travel on the monorail, the metro, the suburban railways and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) buses with a common swipe card.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the planning authority for the metro and monorail network, is planning an integrated ticketing system, which will allow commuters to use the same ticket on different transport systems.
“An integrated ticketing system is a step in the right direction as it will not only strengthen the existing systems but will also go a long way in providing accessibility across transportation systems,” Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said.
As part of the plan, the Unified Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMMTA) held a series of discussions with civic bodies, including the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Transport, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, Thane Municipal Transport and mass transport agencies such as the BEST and the railways, to have an integrated travel system across the city. All the civic bodies have shown keen interest in the concept of streamlining the mass transport services.
To begin with the MMRDA, which is the technical secretariat to UMMTA, has initiated a dialogue with the international agencies to implement the integrated ticketing systems for the metro and monorail.
Talks are on with the Cubic Transportation System, an international player in integrated ticketing services.
Once this is implemented, it will pave the way for an effective transport network, where the same ticket can be used to commute in a bus or by train.
Recently, the BEST introduced a Go Mumbai smart card, which integrated with the Central and Western railways to benefit commuters.