Bhubaneswar: The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) has decided to continue the reduced AC fares in technology-driven, citizen friendly ‘Mo bus’ service for the next two months till March 31.
“AC bus fare which was slashed up to 38 per cent in December last year will continue till March 31. As a customer caring company we want to give the best travel experience to ‘Mo Bus’ commuters,” said CRUT General Manager Dipti Mahapatro.
“There has been overwhelming response after reducing AC ticket fares and rationalising the overall fare structure. In the month of November, our ridership was around 84,000 and revenue was around 11.75 lakhs. The consistent faith of commuters in Mo Bus led to rise in ridership and revenue in January with an average of 1 lakhs passengers and Rs 12 lakhs per day respectively,” added Mahapatro.
While the revenue dropped by one per cent in December 2019 compared to November, a consistent growth of five per cent is seen till date compared to December.
She further informed that there has been 22% boost in AC ridership in the month of December.
“While in the month of November 4.3 lakhs people travelled in AC Mo Bus, 5.5 lakhs footfall was recorded in the month of December.” In the month of January, the growth has been a consistent 9 per cent in AC Mo Bus ridership. As on January 27, 4.7 lakhs people have travelled in AC Buses,” informed the GM.
CRUT has a fleet of 200 buses. This year the network will be expanded and 189 buses will be added to the fleet. Out of 189, 50 will be electric buses, the tender process for which is over and agency has been selected. The buses will soon ply in the Capital Region. Another 50 will be new diesel buses and rest 89 old buses will be added to the fleet after refurbishment, the work for which has started already, added Mohapatro.