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    “BEST” easiest approach to go between Thane, Kharghar, and BKC!

    credit: Hindustan Times

    When Brihanmumbai Electrical Provide and Transport (BEST) launches its fleet of upscale buses in mid-September, getting from Thane and Kharghar to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) will be a breeze. Frequent flyers/workers from these areas to BKC may now relax and travel at reasonable prices during rush hours. After lauch “BEST” will become the easiest approach to go between Thane, Kharghar, and BKC!

    During off-peak hours, the transportation company will provide a shuttle service from Bandra or Kurla stations to BKC.

    How to book tickets?

    On the Chalo app, commuters may pre-book tickets and perhaps get information on bus schedules. They can also make use of the comfort of reclining seats and charge their devices at personal charging points.

    credit : Hindustan Times

    There won’t likely be any conductors, and commuters can use the tap-in, tap-out feature thanks to the digitised service. That is another for autonomous vehicles. A bus’s far greater capacity may also contribute to a reduction in the number of vehicles on the road. The services will start on September 15 or 20 at the earliest, according to Lokesh Chandra, BEST’s general manager. Because the prices will often range between 4rs and 5rs per kilometre, it is cost-effective. This will likely be less expensive than comparable current transportation options in the city.

    How “BEST” will carry out the services?

    BEST will start out on these routes with 10 buses and promises that if demand increases, so will the number of firms. There might not be many stops, but depending on reputation, there might be more. There was study done, and then the routes were plotted.

    “Commuters won’t have to stop their trips to switch means of transportation before getting to their final destination. As they commute from home to work, they will savour the comfort of their chairs. According to a senior BEST officer.-“The buses may pick up passengers at up to three different locations and travel directly to BKC and vice versa”.  

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    One-way tickets from Thane to BKC on private bus operators with pre-booking services cost around 200rs, while from Khaghar to BKC they cost approximately 209rs. The present BEST service will only cost a passenger between 120rs – 150rs.

    By the end of November, 100 more luxury buses will likely be added, and 200 by the end of January.

    At the moment, it takes about 1.5 hours for personal buses to get from Thane to BKC. I will without a doubt switch to a less expensive or faster means of transportation if it offers comparable comfort. However, BEST must continue the service throughout, according to 35-year-old Melvin D’souza, a regular commuter from Thane to BKC.

    The app may also contain a “home reach” feature where users may provide information such as their home address, a contact in case of emergency, and their live location. After passengers disembark, the BEST management room will watch their movements and if they don’t arrive at their destination within a certain amount of time, the management room will call the passengers to inquire about their whereabouts.

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