“Breaking through Mumbai traffic comes a solution of dedicated lanes for BEST AC and NON Air condition Buses which will be supported and taken care by BMC and Traffic Police of Mumbai. 7 such lanes are planned at its initial stage of implementation from which BKC corridor has already started. Below are details of such ‘public bus only lanes’ and its routes that will see busy roads adjacent to it fast moving dedicated road with selected vehicles. Kindly note that the exact route and end to end points will be known once the lanes are operative, below are the approximate route considering the end points declared in project BEST’s dedicated bus corridors in Mumbai city. Feasibility study by BMC and Traffic department was done upon project declaration in August 2015 and the results are seen. Also to note that this dedicated lanes may allow Ambulances, Fire Brigades, School buses in future..”
Note : MMRDA’s Hybrid Shuttle Bus started between BKC and Other locations from 16th March 2018.
Benefits of Dedicated Bus Lanes in Mumbai
A common mans cheapest vehicle which is affordable for daily travel is BEST buses of Mumbai. But the problem is the time it takes to travel from one point to another in this beautiful and fast moving city. Traffic in peak office hours is what the biggest challenge for commuters is who travels for about 3 to 4 hours daily to and from job taking multiple transport options like local trains, Auto, Taxi and buses. This leaves no space for a job going middle class person personal life with about minimum of 9 to 10 working hours of city. A Single BRTS AC Bus takes a load of about 15 to 18 private cars plying on road helping reduce traffic. If lanes are dedicated to buses, i am sure many white collar senior executives will prefer travelling in AC buses via BEST Buses leaving private cars for weekend drives and fun with family.
Such dedicated corridors / lanes for regular buses (NON AC and AC Buses) is surely going to bring smile and much of relief to all such 27 lakhs commuters. As of date few lanes are planned at various traffic centric locations of Mumbai in Central, Western suburbs, South Mumbai. With green node by BMC and Traffic police upon feasibility study for particular roads in Mumbai, BKC opens in Mid of April 2016 has first of such corridor, By August 3 more and by 2017, 3 to 4 more such bus lanes are identified, approved to start up with. Below are approximate details of such corridors with tentative route details.
BKC MTNL Telephone Exchange to Kala Nagar T Junction Bus Corridor
Travel Distance : 3.5 Km
Approximate Time : 7 Minutes
This new corridor of Mumbai commercial suburb is between BKC Telephone Exchange to T Junction (Bandra Kurla Complex, Kala Nagar) which in a regular day ride takes 6 to 7 minutes without traffic. Being a lane for bus only will smooth process with zero traffic as the lane will for buses and other exclusively authorized to use vehicles. The route location details of this straight route of BKC has to its left MTNL building, Platina Building, Wockhardt Global Headquarters, Income Tax Office, IMA India which reaching the destination. The distance which is about 3.5 Kilometres is more likely to take the predicted time of within 10 minutes.
Second Dedicated Bus Corridor
Travel Distance : 8 Km Approximate
Approximate Time : 16 to 18 Minutes
Lately, after the list of proposed lanes as detailed in this article, It seems like the second operating dedicated lane will be a circled one around roads of Mahalaxmi Race Course. Haji ali junction being one of the main route in this, is one of the busiest and most congested junctions in South Mumbai which will get a little relief with faster commuting for all those using Buses. Below is the route for this second dedicated lane for Mumbai buses.
As you see, its a circled route which is expected to cover locations like National Sports Club of India near Lotus worli, Haji Ali Junction heading towards entrance road of race course and leading to Mahalaxmi Railway Station then going straight on Dr. E Moses Marg towards Worli Naka after crossing Nehru Science Centre and again taking left to form a circle towards Haji Ali on Dr. Annie Beasant Road crossing Atria Mall and reaching back to NSCI gates where the route ends.
Haji Ali Dargah Road to NSCI OR Worli Naka Lane
Kindly note : This proposed corridor is possibly the older version of the above circled route.
Travel Distance : 2.6 Km
Approximate Time : 6 Minutes
Another Planned dedicated bus lane is of about 2.6 Kilometres which currently takes about 4 to 6 Minutes without traffic. Located in south of Mumbai, it will start from Haji Ali Dargah Road till Worli Naka (or Possibly till NSCI Only). The AC and Regular Buses will route somewhere at junction of Bhulabhai Desai Road & Pedder Road which connects Haji Ali junction and heads on towards Lala Lajpatrai Marg covering routes and location as Lotus, NSCI, Nehru Planetarium/Centre, Atria Mall, Devchand House, On Annie Besant Road reaching worli naka junction somewhere near 389 / Siddharth Nagar. Kindly note that this route may end at NSCI (National Sports Club Of India) on Lala Lajpatrai Road according to final decisions to be taken by committee in future.
Jay Coach Jogeshwari to Borivali Dedicated Lane
Travel Distance : 18 Km
Approximate Time : 20 Minutes
Just a very rough assumption of the source and destination route for this dedicated corridor at western suburb area between Jay Coach at Gupha Tekdi at Jogeshwari and Borivali National Park Gate on western express highway 8 which takes about 18 to 20 minutes when no traffic at distance of 18 kilometres covering major railway stations in between (Goregaon, Malad and Kandivali). On the route are famous identities like Oberoi Mall / Dindoshi location, Pushpark on Malad Highway, At Kandivali is Mahindra and Mahindra Plant, Sai Baba Temple, Thakur Complex and Samta Nagar Thakur Village road.
Suman Nagar to Sion Bus Corridor
Travel Distance : 5.4 Km
Approximate Time : 25 Minutes
With an average travel time of 12 minutes, Suman Nagar junction on Western express highway can be reached from Sion covering distance of 5.4 Km. Dedicated bus lanes here means a big relief to travellers as sometimes the traffic conditions here are terrific and takes more then 25 minutes to reach destination. Without traffic it will take 10 to 12 minutes to cover same distance via chunabhatti sion flyover going towards Agra National Highway. Some landmarks on this bus route are Rashtrasevika Laxmibai Kelkar Marg, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar road, VN Purav marg and Suman nagar Flyover.
Ghatkopar to Mankhurd Bus Corridor
Travel Distance : 7.5 Km
Approximate Time : 25 Minutes
There are 2 possibilities of route between Ghatkopar and Mankhurd which are NH3 and Jeejabai Bhosle Marg starting from Link road at Ghatkopar taking approximate 25 minutes to cover about 7.5 km distance in Non traffic conditions as of normal journey. Dedicated bus corridor here may go through Ghatkopar link road routing via Shreyas Junction taking National Highway 3 and via Jeejabai Bhosle Marg to reach Mankhurd.
Jogeshwari Oshiwara to Malad Malwani Mith Chowky Corridor
Travel Distance : 5.7 Km
Approximate Time : 23 Minutes
Via New link road its takes about 5.7 Km taking 20 to 23 minutes in non traffic conditions from Oshiwara in Jogeshwari to reach Mith Chowki Malad. The route goes through Tambe nagar, Bangur Nagar, Hypercity, InOrbit Mall, Rude lounge, Goregaon Sports complex, Infinity2 Mall, Movie time cinemas finally reaching Mith Chowky.
Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR)
Travel Distance : 8.2 Km
Approximate Time : 17 Minutes
The most talked about on radio channels for traffic update is JVLR, This is one of the important roads which connect western suburb to central Mumbai covering IT hubs like Seepz & MIDC, L&T Infotech etc. A major short cut route that has its cons with heavy traffic in rush hours. Commuters travelling via Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road will be the most happy with the dedicated bus plying expected to start around end of year 2016 or by 2017. The JVLR route starts at NH8 (Western Express Highway, Jogeshwari East) and connects Powai and beyond locations like Ghatkopar etc. Routes on JVLR being Majas Wadi, Durga Nagar, Mahakali Caves Link Road, MIDC Link Road, Seepz Road, Crossing Mithi River, L & T Infotech, Saki Vihar Road Crossing, Powai Lake Promenade, Hiranandi in Powai and Beyond.
Previously more such proposed corridors were Western Express Highway (Dahisar to Andheri) in Suburban route, Sion to Chembur an CST to Regal cinema in south Mumbai. You might also like to know about BKC Shuttle Buses, BEST Bus Latest Fares, Lost + Found articles in Bus, VVMT Buses (Vasai Virar), Buses and Women Safety.