BEST to run AC bus on Bandra-Churchgate route

Two of the services will be running on long routes and will operate during peak hours. On the other hand, the remaining buses will be shuttle services between CSMT and Churchgate station

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Mumbaikars commuting daily between Bandra and South Mumbai route will now be able to enjoy an air-conditioned ride as the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transportation (BEST) will be running AC buses on four new routes. On Friday, BEST had launched AC bus services on four routes.

Two of the services will be running on long routes and will operate during peak hours. On the other hand, the remaining buses will be shuttle services between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Churchgate station, for which passengers will be charged a fare of ₹6.

Amongst which, one of the AC shuttle bus services, A-1 will ferry passengers between CSMT and Nariman Point, whereas the other, A-2, will run between Churchgate and World Trade Center.

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A transport body spokesperson said that in the longer route, A-87 will ferry passengers between Bandra Colony and World Trade Center, whereas A-2 bus has been launched between Dharavi and CSMT via Deonar depot and Eastern Freeway.

This year BEST has made many historic announcements along with the change in fares. It has introduced conductor-less bus on two routes in South Mumbai i.e. CSMT to Gateway of India and Churchgate to Nariman Point. Further, it introduced coin-swapping where a person can get change at their bus depots and has even increased the fleet of their midi and minibuses. 

Meanwhile, after reducing the fare prices, BEST had introduced hybrid diesel-electric AC buses on three new routes – CSMT to National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (AS-1), World Trade Centre to Churchgate (AS-8) and PK Kurne Chowk (Worli) to Plaza Cinema in Dadar (AS 172).

Now the bus corporation is looking to make addition its fleet to expand its network by inducting new AC buses. Currently, the transport body ferries more than 30 lakh passengers every day, with a fleet of about 3,200 buses.

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