Express press service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: To address travel issues and improve last mile connectivity, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is preparing to expand recently launched city shuttle services to more suburbs within 15 km of the capital. KSRTC had launched city shuttle services from Pravachambalam, Nemom and Pallichal last month. Similarly, urban shuttle services are available from Neyyatinkara. Six buses were deployed on the Neyyatinkara – Thampanoor line.
KSRTC plans to make Vikas Bhavan and Palayam the main clearinghouses for shuttle services. According to officials, the response to Pallichal’s piloting service has been overwhelming. Buses would run the routes every 15 to 30 minutes, ensuring comfortable and reliable services for commuters.
“We conducted an in-depth study of commuter demands. The city shuttle service is designed based on the study. Our goal is to launch similar services from the suburbs within a 15 kilometer radius around the city. Commuters demand more services during morning and evening rush hours. The main complaint of commuters from Pallichal, Nemom and Pravachambalam was that they never got a seat on the buses and sometimes they couldn’t get on the bus because of the crowds. With the launch of services at these locations, almost all grievances of commuters are resolved. We receive an average of 30 to 40 commuters for each trip,” a KSRTC official said.
According to the authorities, an average of 17,000 commuters use the shuttle services every day. “We have increased the frequency of morning and evening rush hour services,” the official said.
Mudavanmugal, Malayinkeezhu, Karakulam, Vattappara, Kazhakuttam, Sreekaryam, Kaniyapuram, Pothencode, Akkulam, Anayara, Veli, Kulathoor, Kovalam and Poovar are some of the areas the shuttles will criss-cross.
“Our goal is to complete the expansion by March. Also, we are planning to make Palayam and Vikas Bhavan the main interchange hub for city shuttles to avoid traffic jams in East Fort. We don’t want to end all services in East Fort. We plan to improve amenities for commuters in Palayam and Vikas Bhavan in the future,” the official said.
The official said that passengers who get off at Palayam or Vikas Bhavan can take a bus to go to East Fort.
“With link tickets, commuters can cover the journey at a discounted rate,” the official added.
KSRTC plans to make Vikas Bhavan and Palayam the main clearinghouse for the city’s shuttle service. There will be a bus every 15 to 20 minutes on the designated routes.