MMRDA BEST Most talked 25 Eco-Friendly AC Hybrid Buses (Semi Electric Shuttle Buses) which runs on dry batteries & diesel was planned starting in November 2017 has finally begin the journey on 16th March 2018. These TATA made Star buses Routes between BKC and Sion, BKC and Kurla was initially declared to run on Dedicated lanes under BMC & Traffic police surveillance. Long distance buses will ply from Borivali Station, Thane Hiranandani, Mulund Maharana Pratap Chowk and Kharghar area. Bus Routes, Timings and Fares are detailed below.
Facilities & Features Inside New Hybrid Buses
These Hybrid buses in Mumbai by BEST are specially designed by TATA Motors in their Goa unit to run on Electric dry batteries as soon starts and engine cuts off to diesel mode once it reached the speed of 30 to Maximum 80 Kilometre Per Hour. This helps with 30% lesser pollution and also reduces fuel consumption when running at lower speed i.e. between 0 to 30 KM/Hour. Once in speed and Bus automatic system turns to Diesel mode, The Lithium Ion Battery goes back to recharge mode automatically with an alternate on board charging facilities inside.
Talking about more features this 32 seater Air Conditioned bus, It is said to have better quality of cushions for comfort seating, CCTV cameras to keep watch on happenings inside, Free WiFi connectivity, A Digital board & public announcement system that displays the time that will be taken to reach destination all with the help of GPS technology.
More to add is mobile charging points for commuters, Better visibility as much wider window panels to enjoy Mumbai view throughout BKC Kurla and Sion routes. Once can see wider boarding and exit passage way with lower height for comfort entry and exits. This will also helps to climb wheelchair travellers. The electronic system which takes care or brakes (EBS) and suspension will work smoothly up to the 70 KM Speed which is safer and as said Eco-Friendly too.
BKC Bus Routes and Timings
MMRDA AC Hybrid Shuttle (Diesel + Electric) buses have started plying between routes of BKC and locations like Bandra Station, Sion Circle, Kurla Station. BKC Diamond Market, MMRDA Ground, CA Institute & Telephone Exchange seems to be the major bus stops. In Next few days long distance routes will be also be covered by this Hybrid buses. Buses from BKC to Borivali, BKC to Thane Hiranandani, BKC to Kharghar and Mulund areas will start plying. Below are the bus routes, timings and other details to be expected.
Short Distance Routes
Bus timings for short distance route will be between 9:00 Am till Evening 7:00 and about 4 to 7 buses will be dedicated on each of these routes.
BKC Bus No. 21 : Bandra TerminusKalanagarBKC Diamond Market.
BKC Bus No. 22 : Kurla West Near StationSBIMMRDA ground.
BKC Bus No. 23 : Bandra TerminusKalanagarCA Institute.
BKC Bus No. 24 : Sion Circle (Rani Laxmi Chowk)KalanagarBKC (Routes from Dharavi).
BKC Bus No. 25 : Rani Laxmi Chowk Sion CircleBKC (Routes from LBS Marg).
Long Distance Routes
Long routes buses will run to distance locations in Mumbai like Borivali Suburban, Thane City (Hiranandani), Kharghar Jalvayu Vihar, Mulund Maharana Pratap Chowk. Buses will run in morning and evening between fixed timings in every 15 minutes gap which are as :
Morning timings : 7:30 to 8:30.
Evening timings : 6:00 to 7:00.
BKC Bus No. 10 : Borivali Railway Station (East)Omkareshwar TempleMahindra GateBKC Telephone Exchange.
BKC Bus No. 11 : Thane Hiranandani EstateMMRDA.
BKC Bus No. 12 : Kharghar Jalvayu ViharMMRDA.
BKC Bus No. 13 : Mulund Maharana Pratap ChowkMMRDA.
Kindly note : Bus Numbers, Timings and Other details may vary from time to time.
Bus Fares 2018
With all these facilities like FM, WIFI, Speakers and Television in place, the minimum fare of this Hybrid bus is decided to Rs.16 and Maximum to Rs.110 depending on the distance of individual bus route. Information on Seasonal passes will be updated soon. Fares may vary and will be updated when exact details found.
- Bus no 10 : Rs.16 to Rs.94
- Bus no 11 : Rs.16 to Rs.110
- Bus no 12 : Rs.16 to Rs.110
- Bus no 13 : Rs.16 to Rs.63
Some More Information
These initial 25 Semi Electric (Hybrid) Shuttle buses by BEST / MMRDA serves commuters between BKC and 3 main stations of Mumbai which are Sion & Kurla in central Mumbai and Bandra stations in Western. It be a unique point to point public transportation bus services with limited seating & more comfort and facilities, Possibly on a dedicated bus routes saving much more time.
Point-to-Point travel mean there will be no middle stops between source & destination bus stops (2 points). Bandra Kurla Complex being highly developed commercial hub was missing the comfort and convenience of travelling and with these Semi Electric buses, thousands of daily working commuters will get relief from poor options like Pollution, Auto and not enough buses, an Squeezing crowd on these railway stations.
As declared early in 2015, Department of Heavy Industries have joined hands for this services in Bandrato bear financial load (Costing More than 1.5 crore per bus) up to 50% to give cheaper and good quality bus services to travellers. Initial planning was to develop fully electric operating buses, But the costing went too heigh and the alternate semi electric hybrid buses (Electricity and Diesel) was finalized.
Other Regular Buses To and From BKC
Below are few of the Running BEST buses between BKC and Sion, Kurla and Bandra locations.