The loss-making Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has installed LED display and speakers fitted on its buses to inform passengers about next stop.
According to the Hindustan Times, this is a part of BEST’s passenger information system (PIS). This system has been fitted in 2,809 buses, mostly on the Backbay-Wadala bus depot routes and in some parts of the western suburbs, under the Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) project, which aims to make BEST buses smarter. Surendrakumar Bagde, general manager, BEST told the leading daily, “PIS is being tested among passengers and will also soon be available on buses across the city.”
The Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) project worth Rs 112 crore was approved by the BEST in March 2018 and was supposed to be introduced within nine months. The BEST’s ITMS project was delayed, it only gained momentum after the civic body allocated Rs 34 crore in the budget. The ITMS project will now be rolled out in phases. The BEST also plans to roll out a mobile application under ITMS that would show the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of buses.