Cab Transportation Networks: Boon or Bane

Problems of commutation and transportation continue to haul traffic in the city of Bangalore.

The public transport system has failed miserably to solve the commuting problem in the city. With working professionals in the city complaining of first mile and last mile connectivity problem associated with public transport, there has been an increase in the use of private vehicles for reaching destinations without hassles of overcrowded buses, lack of destination connectivity, and the need to save waiting time.

The political strides on part of the authorities has resulted in the monopoly of the government agencies has discouraged the participation of private sector to provide service in the city. One of the better options for commutation, the Metro Rail, has been hardly efficient in connecting routes. The existing Metro Rail, which is functional only for __ kilometres, is right now more of a liability than an asset, perhaps. The lack of connectivity forces people to change trains and still use for private transportation facilities like Uber and Ola to reach destinations.

Such purposefulness has resulted in addition of a minimum of five lakh private vehicles every year, to the existing number of vehicles. Nevertheless, proliferation of private vehicles has had a serious side effect: an overloaded transportation system. This is despite methods like carpooling that is a prevalent option in many IT and ITES companies in the city.

One of the many methods of improving the situation seems to lie in the large portion of the population that uses buses for commutation. The BMTC foresees a potential stiff competition with the entry of private players. There are plans to improve existing facilities to attract maximum number of passengers at all times. Global Positioning System devices may be installed in all buses to tackle real time problems from the control room. There is also a proposal to introduce electronic ticket vending machines in buses. The unique transportation problems facing the city’s commuters are complex and are related to several other issues.

Truth is that the problems need a multidimensional approach, and cannot be solved by one method alone. To solve the problems the citizens need to cooperate with the government. Many old roads are too narrow with dilapidated buildings on both the sides of the road. Road widening is presumably impossible without demolition of such buildings, the task that has been well postponed. Lack of parking affordable parking spaces inside buildings, especially high-traffic ones like hospitals, has resulted in claustrophobic roads, that are hardly enough to even accommodate neighbourhood traffic. Using common vehicles to reach destinations, and collectively managing one’s own neighbourhood road may be a start to many reforms in the transportation system in the city.

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