Thursday, December 8

Transport dept to realign auto routes for new Metro stations

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The state transport department is all set to realign auto routes to help facilitate the Metro Railway expansion so that a robust last mile connectivity for the passengers is developed. For this, the auto routes must be perpendicular to the metro alignment and not parallel, the transport department officers said.
After Dakshineswar and Baranagar Metro stations were thrown open to passengers, transport department officials studied the passenger dispersal from the stations and found a number of auto routes still running parallel to the metro alignment and have started losing passengers. Auto-rickshaws or autos are a very good paratransit to facilitate faster dispersal of metro passengers. From Tollygunge to Dum Dum, a very reliable network of auto routes (perpendicular to metro alignments) have developed over the years.

A study shows a whopping 60 per cent metro passengers use auto as last mile connectivity in this stretch.

However, a large number of autos still run parallel to metro route in the stretch between Tollygunge and New Garia. Some autos routes running from metro stations to different directions need to be realigned for greater efficiency and sustainability.

Same is applicable for the new stretch of metro from Noapara to Dakshineswar. Both at Baranagar and Dakshineswar metro stations, there are some teething issues with passenger dispersal. “We are preparing comprehensive transit planning for this area so that the modal shift becomes seamless,” said an officer of the traffic and transport planning and engineering wing of the department.

For instance the fleet size of the auto-route running from Dunlop to Dakshineswar must be thinner. Already auto operators have complained of massive loss of passengers and their daily earnings. Instead, a huge chunk of this fleet can run along Surya Sen Road or Ramkrishna Paramhansa Road and Rabindranath Tagore Road to ferry passengers to north and south of this east-west stretch of the metro, said an officer. Baranagar, for instance, will be emerging as a major transit point for its proximity to Dunlop crossing.

A large number of autos which are coming to BT Road can now run along Bonhooghly Colony Road to move to Northern Park Road to go further north.

There are three routes currently operating to connect Sinthee with Barrackpore — Sinthee-Dunlop, Dunlop-Kamarhati and Kamarhati-Barrackpore. Because of the metro, the travel demand from Sinthee to Dunlop has lessened a bit. Now a sizable number of autos on this route can be realigned from Baranagar to Kamarhati, bypassing B T Road to some extent, said another officer.

Source: Times of India

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