Mumbai: The BEST now plans to connect the city with Navi Mumbai by introducing fast track bus services to Vashi.
“The buses will run on a fast track corridor between Colaba and Sion, and between Sion and Vashi,’’ BEST general manager Om Prakash Gupta told TOI on Tuesday. “While the Colaba-Sion corridor was launched on June 16, we will soon start the second corridor (to Vashi) on which buses will ply at a frequency just five minutes,’’ he stated.
Gupta assured that travelling from south Mumbai to Vashi will be comfortable, convenient and fast. For example, you can board a bus from south Mumbai to Sion, alight at the depot and get a connecting bus to Vashi within a minute. The fares will be as per Express rates, which is a minimum of Rs 4 and a maximum of Rs 17 on a particular corridor. Daily passes can be bought for Rs 40 while the monthly passes are priced at Rs 750, he stated. “If you wish to skip a crowded suburban train, then the best alternative would be to catch one of our fast track buses,’’ he said.
The purpose of introducing these buses was to provide a cheaper and faster public transport in comparison to the exorbitant auto and taxi fares. The fast track corridors already launched are the ones connecting Mantralaya to Mahim, Mahim to Mira Road, Colaba to Sion and Sion to Thane (Cadbury junction).
According to Gupta, the fast track service was a pre-cursor to Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) which the state government wants to introduce in the near future. “As per BRTS, you will be able to catch a bus every 30 seconds,’’ Gupta said.
The MMRDA is already liaisoning with BEST in this connection and there are plans to create dedicated bus lanes on the Eastern and Western Express Highways.
Existing Fast Track Corridors :
C1 : Mantralaya to Mahim
C2:Colaba to Sion
C-42:Sion to Thane
C-71:Mahim to Mira Road
To be launched in 2nd phase:
Sion-Vashi stretch on V N Purav Marg & Y B Chavan Marg Swami Vivekananda Road (Mahim to Dahisar) Western Link Road (Mahim to Dahisar) LBS Marg (Sion to Thane) R A Kidwai Marg (Colaba to Sion) Corridors in 3rd phase: Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road Aarey Road Sion to Mahim