Chennai will soon have a Common Ticket System for Local Buses and Suburban Trains


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Soon Chennaiites will be able to travel in city buses and suburban rails with a common ticket. After a long lull, the state governmenthas set the Chennai unified metropolitan transport authority (CUMTA), an initiative to facilitate seamless commuting for Chennaiites, in motion. Among the functions of the CUMTA is the regulation of measures to integrate all public mass passenger transport modes through routing, scheduling and operating feeder services, besides running combined or common ticketing.

Though the project got the Assembly approval as early as 2010, it was put in the backburner for long. However, it was revived on Thursday with officials of various agencies involved in planning, providing operations and managing the transportation system meeting for the first time in Secretariat.

“The main objective of the opening meeting was to take a decision on macro issues like how quickly CUMTA could be operationalised.

It has been decided to constitute an executive committee headed by Chief secretary to ensure effective execution of the policy decisions taken by the CUMTA that has transport minister as the head and top officials of various public transport and planning agencies as nominees,” highly placed sources in the government.

The executive committee would also address key coordination issues between rail and bus transport, they added.

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Posted on February 10, 2012, in Transportation and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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