Mumbai: Integrated Ticketing System (ITS) a project which will ease commute of Mumbaikars is a step closer to reality now as the MMRDA has decided to float tenders for the project in December and start the bidding process.
The official said that with ITS, all transportation corridors within the city will be integrated and commuters can use a single smart card- based ticket to travel in all modes of transport, including suburban railway system, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses, the monorail and the existing and upcoming metro corridors.
MMRDA has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as consultants to design a scheme for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). “The consultants are looking at the single-ticketing model in various countries for preparing the scheme,” a senior civic official from MMRDA said.
While Mumbai is expected to be the first city in the country to experience integrated transport, it proposes to integrate it with the National Common Mobility Card in the future. Meanwhile, the MMRDA is still awaiting a written confirmation from the Railways regarding their integration in the single ticketing system.
A senior official said “Soon they will come up with a request to the public for the design of the card with regard to the logo, name and other details. The competition will be open to everybody.” According to MMRDA officials, the project will be implemented in phases based on the infrastructure needs of each mode of transport. “We will connect the Metros first, as we already have a system of automatic doors for entry and exit in place,” the official said. Besides the existing line that connects Versova and Ghatkopar, the new lines will link Colaba to Seepz, Dahisar to Andheri East and Mankhurd, Lokhandwala to Kanjurmarg, Wadala to Thane, and Thane to Kalyan.