mtc: Mtc launches a mobile application to track live buses | Chennai News

Chennai: After years of delay, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) finally launched the ‘Chennai Bus’ mobile app on Wednesday.
“With this, passengers can find the live location of all MTC buses along a particular route, estimated arrival time and nearest bus stops from any location in the city. “said SS Sivashankar, Transport Minister of Tamil Nadu.

The app contains real-time data regarding the 3,233 MTC buses operating in Chennai and its neighboring districts along 602 routes, according to official data.
Apart from searches based on bus stop locations and destinations, the app supports searchers regarding a specific bus route. Once the route number is selected, the results are displayed with a live map showing the live location of all buses along the route, a government press release said.
MTC officials say the accuracy will be within one minute or 10% deviation from the scheduled time and as it operates on real-time data, all bus route diversions and schedules can be updated. updated as needed.
The app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store, works similarly to those used by taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber, etc. While cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad introduced this feature eight years ago, Chennai is finally catching up. and that should help those who know the routes of the city.
Minister Sivashankar said efforts have been made to ensure that it is easier to board an MTC bus to reach other transit points in the city like train or metro stations without major delays.
Welcoming this, S Thirunavukarasu, a regular user of MTC buses, said, “We hope this will reduce the uncertainty on the operation of MTC buses. Every time we wait at a bus stop, passengers have no idea what time the next bus will arrive. painted on the bus hangars) in no way reflects the actual timetable”.
Once the app becomes popular and works effectively as promised, more passengers will likely return to MTC buses instead of cars, according to MTC officials. During the pre-covid period, more than 35 lakh people used MTC buses every day. But now it has dropped to 25 lakh.

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