High-speed corridor: getting there will also be child’s play | Delhi News

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New Delhi: When the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor is operational by 2025, it will cover the distance of 82 km in less than 60 minutes. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is implementing the project, ensures that the distance to and from the stations is as smooth as the journey of its high-speed trains.
“People are often hesitant to use public transport due to the unavailability of last mile connectivity. Additionally, congestion around train stations due to the lack of an organized system for autorickshaws and e-rickshaws not only creates chaos and traffic jams, but also leads to increased travel time,” an NCRTC official said.
To encourage people to switch to public transport from private vehicles and provide a solution to the traffic problem, the NCRTC has developed a plan to facilitate first and last mile connectivity through various power modes in train stations. The agency envisages “door-to-door mobility” for users with a holistic transport objective.
“The NCRTC has provided designated space for parking cars and rickshaws, except for taxis and rental cars at stations, where possible,” the official said. Pick-up and drop-off areas designated for the different modes of paratransit have also been provided at stations. “With this initiative, last mile connectivity will be physically integrated into the system,” he added.
To provide first and last mile connectivity, the NCRTC is exploring different options and has invited various leading mobility players in the region to join the company in providing various connection modes at all stations. “We have issued an invitation to mass suppliers of various modes of transport. It will also require the help of other agencies, if necessary, to push it into action,” the official said.
“We are exploring ticket information and integration platforms and electric vehicle charging infrastructure with service providers of different transport modes,” the official added.
When planning first and last mile connectivity, the NCRTC considered global parameters. “The distance of up to 500 m is often passable on foot and up to 1 km falls into the cycle zone. However, at distances of up to 3 km, the services of e-rickshaws, shared autorickshaws, bicycle taxis or scooter rentals are necessary. The distance of more than 3 km is considered the zone for autorickshaws, taxis or rental cars and shuttles,” he said.
The official said the NCRTC was already working on interoperability between different corridors including the upcoming Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Alwar corridors in addition to multimodal integration with Delhi Metro, Railways, Services interstate and intrastate buses.
“The initiative will not only provide commuters with fast, organized, green and affordable transport options, but also create varied opportunities for mobility providers at RRTS stations in Delhi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Murad Nagar, Modinagar and Meerut. As the 17 km priority section between Sahibabad and Duhai which has five stations will become operational by 2023, the process of exploring various last mile connectivity options for commuters has been initiated,” added the responsible.
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