Bengaluru has seen many citizen-driven campaigns around sustainable mobility. Notable among them was the ‘Bus Day’ campaign spearheaded by the non-profit Praja RAAG. Subsequently, several volunteer groups have campaigned for effective, efficient and reliable public transport. The BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) has also launched several initiatives – Pink Buses, Vayu Vajra Volvo, G8 buses and so on – to promote the use of public transport.
On July 9, Citizen Matters and Radio Active hosted a Twitter chat where experts and citizens discussed the past, present and future of public transport in the city.
As the COVID crisis worsens and people are worried about their health and safety, how can BMTC solve the problem of traffic congestion? Can physical distancing be maintained in our public transport? How will overcrowding be managed? How often should buses and bus stops be sanitised? How can technology help reduce human interactions? What will you be comfortable with? How can BMTC revamp existing bus services, and improve last-mile connectivity? Will every citizen be able to travel by bus in a safe, quick, comfortable, reliable and affordable way?
These are only a few among the many questions BMTC commuters now have.
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