The BRTS routes from Thane to Mumbai have become a hit amongst Thaneites.What started of as a route between Cadbury Naka in Thane and Backbay Depot, now has three different routes starting from Thane. In all, BRTS has seven routes in Mumbai.
According to Ankita Sinha, a BRTS commuter, "I really enjoy my journey. Though the journey is bit long, still it is comfortable as compared to these local trains which are always crowded. Even the timings are very convenient," she said.
Another commuter, Asha Rajan says, "I work in Worli and daily commuting by train is difficult for me as I have to change transport from Parel station anyway. But the direct bus service Thane to Worli has really helped save my time and energy." Asha adds that the buses are convenient and the seats are comfortable. "The frequency of the buses aer also good," she adds.
Though some commuters feel the fare is bit steep, most think that the fare is reasonable. The BRTS also offers five-day, 10-day, 20-day and 55-day, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly bus passes at reasonable rates.
Speaking to Thane Plus, AS Tamboli, PRO, BEST said, "We have received good response from the public. We have got many letters regarding the good services of the buses. We are also planning on increasing the number of buses and bus frequency."
Earlier, The BRTS had seven routes from various parts of the city out of which three routes were from Thane. Starting from Cadbury junction (Thane), there are buses to Backbay depot, BKC and Nehru Planetarium. The bus routes are BRTS1 (from Cadbury junction to Backbay depot), BRTS3 (from Cadbury junction to Nehru Planetarium) and route A5 (from Cadbury junction to BKC).
13 Jun 2009, 0245 hrs IST, Lavanya Prabhakaran, TNN