Mumbaikars will soon have to buy only one ticket for travelling via bus, train, auto or taxi, thanks to railway ministry. It is mulling to establish a single ticket system across all modes of public transportation in the next three years, reported Hindustan Times.
Mumbai will be the testing ground for the pilot project. If successful, it will be implemented in other cities.
The project will be carried out in two stages. First stage involves the integration of the software with the existing ticketing system. In the second stage, entry and exit gates will be installed at stations.
The MMRDA is likely to float a tender for single ticket system in October, according to the report.
Owing to the scale of transfer of modes by commuters, the railway ministry believes that 80 percent of Mumbai’s suburban commuters will opt for all-in-one tickets.
The ticket can be used for commuting in all the public transportation in Mumbai, which includes Brihamumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) busses, local trains, metros, black-and-yellow taxis and auto-rickshaws.
The conversation between Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and Centra and Western Railway officials for studying different ways to sync the new software with the existing system have already started, reported Hindustan Times.
The finding by the railway panel will be submitted to MMRDA, which is one of the main organisations under this project, and the railway board in August. After which, MRVC will function as a moderator by presenting railway’s perspective to MMRDA and following further developments.
Meanwhile, the consultants of Metro are required to submit a detailed report to MMRDA regarding the implementation of the new ticketing system.
As of now, two public transportation services, BEST and Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) that manages Versova-Ghatkopar Metro, have agreed to redesign their existing systems for the new tickets.
The new ticketing system is also believed to bring down railway’s losses as it would include less manpower.