Bhubaneswar, Oct 15 (LocalWire): Mo Bus, the public transit service run by Capital Region Urban Transport, has crossed one lakh daily commuters on Monday, officials said here today.
Mo Bus achieved the one lakh feat in less than a year of starting operations as yesterday a total of 1,01, 881 passengers took Mo Bus to commute.
By achieving this substantial number of ridership, Mo Bus has established itself as a major mass transit facility in the capital and its peripheral outskirts, Crut officials said.
The public transit service was introduced on 6 November last year with an objective to provide sustainable, comfortable and economically viable mode of transport for people of the capital city region.
The average footfall in ‘Mo Bus’ service is around 80,000 per day.
The number of commuters in Mo Bus used to be around 70,000 till the month of August. After amendment in Motor Vehicle Act, there was a sudden rise in commuters and it went up to around 97,000 passengers on 6 September and around 94,000 on 8 September.
‘We have gained significant commuters in the last three months.
In the month of May, 33000 people travelled by Mo Bus and revenue also came down to Rs 5 lakh. The consistent effort led to the rise in commuters and revenue in September with an average of 80000 passengers and Rs 11.6 lakh per day respectively,’ said Dipti Mahapatro, general manager, personnel and administration and spokesperson, Crut.
‘Currently we have a fleet of 200 buses equipped with free Wi-Fi and technologically advanced equipment.
There is a need and demand for more buses with the increase in footfall.
In next two-three months, network will be expanded and 50 old buses will be refurbished and added to the fleet.
Out of the 50 buses, 30 are from Cuttack, 10 are from Balasore and another 10 are from Bhubaneswar,’ she added.