CIRCULAR GRID BUSNETWORK FORMYSOREMysore City Bus Service
Current Scenario Mysore Bus Service has improved tremendously over the years,thanks to KSRTC MCTD Management and JNNURM.Lots of new routes were added, fleet was added, old pollutingbuses were retired and new aesthetic buses including Volvos wereadded.Apart from this, lots of Bus Stands or popularly known as TTMCswere built along with the renovation of Central Bus Stand or CBS. Bus routing model has been Hub-Spoke model with most busesoriginating from a locality and ending at CBS with few exceptions.Except one or two route, all the Bus Routes Enter CBS located inDowntown or heart of Mysore.One of the problem of the service was the predictability of buseswhich will be shortly addressed by Intelligent TransportManagement which provides realtime information on buses toPassengers at Bus Stops.There is another problem, which is the routing of the buses whichwill be discussed in this presentation.
Shortcomings Neighbouring Locality Travel is not possible by this Scenario 1 – Vidyaranyapuram – Siddhartha Layout. model unless the locality is on the path of CBS inbound 1. Board CBS Bound Bus, Getdown in CBS – Approx 20 mins. or outbound buses. 2. Change to Siddhartha Layout Bus – Platform Change – Wait One has to go all the way to CBS or any stop near CBS for Bus to Come and Depart – Approx 15 Mins such as Agrahara / Pathashala and then change Buses. 3. Travel from CBS – Siddhartha Layout – Around 20-30 Mins 4. Total Journey – Approximately 55-60 Minutes Travel to opposite direction of the city is OK such as North-South or East-West. Travel between South to 5. Travel in Private Vehicle – 20 Minutes East or North-West is highly time consuming compared to a private vehicle since one has to go via Hub - CBS. Scenario 2 – Udayagiri – Siddhartha Layout On top of this, this hub is not optimized since one has to go around Palace which itself consumes 10 minutes. 1. Board CBS Bound Bus, Getdown in Hardinge Circle / CBS – A person changing the bus unless he does not Approx 20 Mins getdown in Exhibition stop has to spend 20 minutes. 2. Change Bus to Siddhartha Layout – If CBS, platform Change This increases considerably during Dasara Festival. (10-15 mins) All the buses entering CBD and roaming around 3. Travel on CBS - Siddhartha Layout Bus – Approx 20 mins Palace will lead to increased congestion. A delay in CBD will delay the entire system and result in 4. Travel Time in Private Vehicle – 15 Minutes unpredictable bus timings, indefinite waits. This occurs during Dasara.
Solution Buses connecting localities in all the 4 directions, North, South, East and West to reduce travel time to Scenario 1 – Vidyaranyapuram – Siddhartha Layout. neighboring localities. For this Buses should run in Circular and Radial 1. Board Circular Bus Service – Travel Time to reach the corridors forming a Grid. This grid should have high Straigh t Line Bus – Approx 15 Mins frequency and should be run like a Metro Network. 2. Change to Siddhartha Bound Straight Line Corridor / Advantages of Ring Routes is the Reduction in the Feeder Bus– 5 to 10 Mins number of buses entering CBD by ferrying passengers via outskirts to their destinations and there by reduce 3. Travel from Straigh Line Corridor – Around 10-15 Mins congestion in CBD, reduce travel time of passengers almost equivalent to private vehicle travel. 4. Total Journey – Approximately 30-40 Minutes Also, limited number of buses should enter and leave 5. Travel in Private Vehicle – 20 Minutes the CBS thereby reducing load in front of the Palace and CBS. Feeder Buses should be run connecting these Scenario 2 – Udayagiri – Siddhartha Layout corridors / Shared Autos can be licensed to operate 1. Board Circular Corridor Bus from remote places to these Bus Corridors. This model is working excellently in Bogota and 2. Travel Time Around 10-15 Mins Curitiba. They also have dedicated Bus Lanes which 3. Travel Time in Private Vehicle – 10 Minutes could be an option for the future in CBD and in the outer ring road.
Circular BusCorridorsProposal is to have three Circular CorridorsOuter Ring, Middle Ring and Inner RingOuter Ring as the name suggests passes through outskirtlocalities and touching the tip of the Radial Corridor routes. Itconnects Siddhartha Layout – Sathagalli Bus Terminal,Bannimantap, Vijaynagar Closer to Outer Ring Road, SJCE,Vivekanandanagar and JP Nagar forming a route of 42 kmswith an average travel time of 1hr 30 minutes.Middle Ring, again as the name suggests connects thelocalities located at around a distance of 4-5 kms from CBD. Itconnects Chamundipuram with Udayagiri , NR Mohalla,Rajendra Nagar, Vontikoppal, Saraswathi Puram,Kuvempunagar and Jayanagar.. Total distance is 25 kms withan average travel time of 1 hour.Inner Ring connects the CBD area of Mysore connecting CityBus Stand with Suburban Bus stand, Railway Station, MUDACircle, University Office, Saraswathi Theatre,Chamarajapuram Railway Station and Agrahara. Route isaround 9 Kms and travel time would be around 45 Minutes.
Straight Line BusCorridorsRamakrishnanagar – Mahadevapura – 14 kms via KuvempunagarDouble Road, Saraswathipuram, Chamaraja DoubleRoad,Suburban Bus Stand, Mahadevapura Main Road, SathagalliBus Stand.Vivekanandanagar – RS Naidunagar Bus Stand – 13 kms viaKuvempunagar Akshaya Bhandar, Ballal, RTO, Siddappa Square,Agrahara, Subarban Bus Stand, Fountain Circle, RS Naidunagar.Bus Stand.Sharadadevinagar – Raghavendranagar – 14 kms via RTTC,Kamakshi Hospital,Saraswathi Puram Swimming Pool, CrawfordHall, Marimallappa’s, CBS, Nazarbad, Chamundi vihar Stadium,Raghavendranagar Bus Stand.JP Nagar – Bannimantap – 16.3 kms via Sterling, Vidyaranyapuram,Siddappa Sqaure, Agrahara, CBS, Ayurvedic Hospital, BambooBazaar, Highway Hotel, JSS Hospital, Bannimantap.Infosys – Vidyavikasa Engg College- 23 kms via Vijaynagar,Kalidasa Road, Hunsur Road, JLB Road, Ramaswamy Circle, CBS,Bannur Road, Geetha College, Vidya Vikasa Engineering College.Gundurao Nagar – Metagalli – 15.3 kms via St.Mary’s School,Agrahara, CBS, Hardinge Circle, Suburban Bustand, Irwin Road,Railway Station, KRS Road, VV Puram, K R S Road, Metagalli.
The GridThis is how the Grid Looks with a combination of Circular andStraight Line Routes:Scenarios:Ramakrishnanagar to Infosys – Take outer Route towardsHebbal, get down at Hebbal 2nd Stage and changeover toSiddharthaLayout to Infosys Bus or the existent 116 or 119Buses.Chamundi Puram to Vivekananda Nagar – Take Inner Circletowards Ballal Circle, get down at Kuvempunagar Bus Stand.Changeover to RS Naidunagar – Vivekanandanagar Bus.Vidyavikas Eng College to Vidyaranyapuram – Take theVidyavikar College to Infosys Bus and changeover atSangeetha Corner to the Outer Ring Bus towards JPNagarand get down at Vidyaranyapuram.
Implementation15 minute frequency on outer corridor needs 6 buses in eachdirection and a 10 minute frequency needs 9 buses in eachdirection.15 minute frequency on middle corridor needs 4 buses ineach direction and a 10 minute needs 6 buses in eachdirection.15 minute frequency on inner corridor needs 3 buses in eachdirection and a 10 minute frequency needs 5 buses in eachdirection.For a 15 minute frequency we need 6 x 2 + 4 x 2 + 3 x 2 = 26buses to start with. Gradually it should be improved with 10minute frequency based on demand which may need 9 x 2 +6 x 2 + 5 x 2 = 40 buses.Straight Line corridors average distance is around 13 kmsfrom one end of city to other and approximate travel timearound 1 hour. For a 15 minute frequency, we need 4 busesin each direction. We have 6 corridors. So 4*2*6 = 48 Busesand For 10 Minutes, we need 6 buses in each direction, sowe need 6*2*6 = 72 Buses.Whole network for a 15 minute frequency needs 26+48 = 74Buses and for 10 minute frequency, 40+72 = 112 Buses.
Further ImprovementExisting design is to route straight corridor buses via CBS. Itwould be highly efficient if we can avoid CBS. Instead have 3north – south straight corridors crossing 3 east-west straightcorridors forming a Grid.Bus Lines should have route name like ‘A’ route, ‘B’ route foreach corridor. Buses should display alight here to change tosay ‘E’ route etc.Apart from this corridor, we should also have suburbs ofMysore to connect to Mysore and a Ring Road Service onceRing Road is more populated.Dedicated Bus Lanes / BRT can be planned on Outer RingRoad now itself before it is fully utilized for enabling fasterBus Movement without traffic hinderence.
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