The Delhi government on Saturday approved a 10 percent discount on DTC and cluster bus fares on tickets purchased through their mobile e-ticketing application. The city council’s contactless e-ticketing app, which also shows the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of buses and information about the nearest available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, is available in both English and Hindi.
Delhi Minister of Transport Kailash Gahlot hailed the decision as a “welcome step, especially amid the ongoing (COVID-19) pandemic, to reduce the spread of surface contact”.
âWhen we introduced the Common Mobility Card in 2018, many private car users switched to local public transport. I hope that the modern buses with improved surveillance and security features and the right incentives like the one we offer through e-ticketing apps and the Common Mobility card will be a much needed push for the residents of Delhi, public transport to be introduced as the standard means of transport, “he is quoted in a statement.
With surveillance and tracking on all buses overseen from a central command and control center, promoting smarter ticketing methods will be a critical step in data management and monitoring.
“This move is also designed to save revenue on printing, storage, personnel and the data storage mechanism. The department is also looking to use app-based ticketing to help generate better passenger onboarding data that can be analyzed to streamline routes. ” and better services to passengers, “the statement said.
Delhi, which has a combined fleet size (DTC and cluster) of 6,750 buses, has an average daily rider of 49 lakh passengers, it found.
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