Bengaluru (Urban Transport News): The Government of Karnataka has started the process of setting up eight multi-model transit hubs in Bengaluru city to connect bus, metro or rail networks. The tenders invited from the experienced firms by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) to set up the transit hubs in Bengaluru.

The government has identified eight locations in the peripheral areas in North, South, East, and West directions to the Bengaluru city. The intermodal transit hubs are going to come up in Challaghatta-Mysore Road (West direction), Baiyyappanahalli- Existing BMRCL terminal, KR Puram (East direction), Peenya- Existing BMTC Terminal (North-West Direction), Bommasandra in existing BMRCL land (South direction).

The government is yet to identify the location for three more transit hubs in Old Madras road and Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) junction (East direction), Bellary Road and PRR junction (North direction), Kadugodi (East direction).

“In order to utilize the Bengaluru urban roads in an efficient way and also to help the people for the efficient intermodal transfer, the transit hub locations shall be located in the peripheral areas of the city. The intermodal transit hub locations shall also be well-integrated with the other public transport modes to ensure a smoother journey within the Bengaluru city limit”, said a senior official from DULT.

We are building the transit hub locations in all the directions to the city so that the buses coming from all the directions need not enter within the city limits as well as it will help the maximum number of users to use public transport while entering Bengaluru.

As per the technical design prepared by DULT, the facilities to be developed at the transit hubs are broadly divided into two categories: passenger amenities and physical integration. Under passenger amenities, they have planned to include a waiting room, washroom, cloakroom facility, food stalls, small shops, and help desk.

The government has given priority to physical integration, like seamless transfer between different transit modes, integration with auto and taxi services and shared mobility services, parking facility for two-wheelers and four-wheelers in the proposed transit hubs.

With an aim to provide seamless integration between metro, rail, and BMTC-Traffic and Transit Management Centre (TTMC) in Bengaluru, the state government had announced to build multi-model transport hubs in its budget for the financial year 2019-20.

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