The government claims all DTC bus queue shelters will soon be equipped with Passenger Information System (PIS) on the lines of Delhi Metro
If everything goes well, bus commuters in Delhi will not have to wait anxiously at local queue shelters any longer. Within a year, all bus queue shelters will be equipped with Passenger Information System (PIS), say Delhi government officials.
Within two months, over 100 bus stops in the city will have electronic passenger information system, which will enable commuters to know about the arrival time of DTC buses and schedules for various destinations.
DTC is going to introduce the system in collaboration with the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System, which is already taking care of a number of Delhi transport projects, including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
"In the first phase, the passenger information system will be introduced in a little over 100 bus stops and by the middle of next year, all bus stops will have the system," said the official. The city has around 2,500 DTC bus stops.
Passenger Information System is almost similar to the electronic passenger information system of Delhi Metro. A state-of-the-art communications centre at Kashmere Gate ISBT to operate the PIS has already been set up.
The journey so far
Currently, PIS on four BRT routes, which travel through the BRT Corridor from Ambedkar Nagar Terminal to Mool Chand on both non-AC and AC buses, has been introduced.
Buses running on system are fitted with GPS devices, which determine the position of the bus in terms of latitude and longitude at a point of time, which is then communicated to a Central Server in real time through a GPRS connection.
Based on a pre-configured route and the current position of the bus, the time likely to be taken by the bus for reaching subsequent bus stops is calculated. This Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of buses in minutes is sent to LED Boards, again through GPRS connection. The solution helps in reducing the waiting anxiety of the passengers waiting at the bus.
On clicking the bus stop icon on virtual PIS Board, the route-wise information with Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of buses in minutes will be displayed with respect to buses which will be arriving at the bus stop within next 30 minutes.
The daily average revenue collection of DTC is Rs 3.5 crore. Currently, DTC operates around 6,500 buses, including around 4,000 low-floor buses in the city.