Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Airport bus needs more wind beneath its wings

Ahmedabad:  The civic body's latest tango with popularizing bus services in the city — the Route 1000, airport shuttle — is taking baby steps. On Monday, the service with a bus fleet of five, saw 86 passengers on board, while on Tuesday till 6pm some 74 passengers had boarded the bus.
The bus service has elicited mixed responses from frequent flyers. Many passengers TOI spoke to wanted that the bus service should be prompt at arriving at each of the 29 bus stands marked on the route. They also required an active help desk at Karnavati club and Airport stand that can help passengers plan their onward journeys within and outside the city — links with BRTS, AMTS and GSRTC services or depots or even auto rickshaw services.

Senior AMTS officials said that the shuttle services witnessed heavy passenger traffic during early morning hours and late evening as maximum flights were scheduled during these hours.
"The bus gets anywhere between 43 to 56 passengers between 4 am and 7 am and then between 9 pm and 10.15 pm," says a senior AMTS official. The passenger traffic thins to 3 to 8 passengers during the rest of the day. A passenger, Amit Katoch, suggested, "The service should ideally begin at 3am and end at 12.30am the following day to tap maximum passengers."
27/06/17 Times of India