Minibuses provided from 4 metro stations
For its commuters struggling with last mile connectivity, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) should bring some relief in the form of minibuses in a few days.
CMRL is in talks with the Metropolitan Transport Corporation Chennai (MTC) and plans to operate minibuses from four stations – Chennai Airport, Wimco Nagar, Alandur and Koyambedu, the sources said.
According to sources at CMRL, minibuses will run within a 5-6 km radius covering important places, and routes have already been identified.
“Initially there will be around 12 to 15 buses that will run on these routes and Metro Rail will share the operating expenses with MTC to operate these buses,” said another source.
As the expenses were to be shared this time, these minibuses will have the Metro Rail logo.
Last month, it was announced to the Assembly that 144 minibuses were not operational due to low attendance and that their operation was causing a huge loss. Transport Minister RS Rajakannapan said these buses will now be used as food services from Chennai metro stations.
It may bring relief, especially for those traveling from Tambaram, Chromepet and Pallavaram areas to Chennai Airport, provided there is good frequency, some commuters said.
Three years ago, CMRL saw its clientele improve when it introduced shared cars and shared taxis.