Experts urge authorities to look beyond metro as only pub transport

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New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) Experts have suggested looking beyond metro rail as the best form of public transport.

While there were several metro rail systems functioning around the world, a number of highly successful Bus Rapid Transit Systems were now coming up, transport experts from across the world said after a three-day conference on 'Alternative Technologies for Public Transport, which ended here this evening.

These (BRTS) were able to carry passengers loads that would meet the projected ridership levels in most of the Indian cities, they said.

They were also reported to be much cheaper and hence deserved to be given serious consideration vis-a-vis other alternatives that states/cities may be contemplating, they added.

It emerged from the conference that there were several technologies for urban public transport and the correct choice of technology could be made only after the authorities were fully aware about the mobility needs and the travel demands that needed to be met.

Strategies to meet the travel demand requirements must focus in transport supply and demand management through intergrated land use and transport planning, it was stated.

Such demand projections did tend to prove somewhat inaccurate and therefore there was a need for the estimatation to be in a professional manner. Any pre-decision of technology, without first getting the basic data in place may not result in an optimal solution, it was felt.

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