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Efficient, integrated transport systems, made available to all citizens irrespective of gender, socio-economic status and physical disabilities, will ensure better access to job opportunities and essential services. Unfortunately, Indian urban infrastructure has not been able to keep pace with the demand, resulting in congestion, wasted fuel, harmful transport emissions and other concerns that impact our health and well-being.
In India, transport forms about 13.5% of all emissions— which amounts to 0.31 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. That is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted while charging 3.8 trillion smartphones.
Solving these challenges calls for concentrated action, by individuals, public institutions, private companies and local governments. The focus needs to shift to integrating transport services to make it affordable and accessible by combining public transit, shared transportation, walking and cycling.
“I don’t have to worry about missing a particular bus. From Chandapura there is a [feeder] bus starting every 5-10 minutes. If one bus is crowded, I wait for the next. The most important change has been the time saved. I feel more relaxed and less tired after my commute and I feel my productivity has improved."
Resident of Marsur - a suburb of Bengaluru
The WRI India Ross Center and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation BIG Bus Network is transforming the lives of commuters. A route and service rationalization process, the BIG Bus Network, initiated in 2013 brought down the existing 63 routes in a single corridor to 30 (52.4% reduction) and reduced waiting time at bus stops by 56%.