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BEST to install LED displays, GPS and destination alerts in buses

So far, the BEST has installed global positioning system (GPS) and public information system (PIS) in more than 1,250 buses, while the remaining will be covered in the next couple of months

BEST to install LED displays, GPS and destination alerts in buses
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Many times, people who are not regular bus commuters find it difficult alighting at their desired destination as buses don’t have announcements or display of upcoming stops, unlike trains and metro. However, very soon, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses will have announcements and LED displays to alert commuters about the next stop.   

BEST has started installing global positioning system (GPS) and public information system (PIS) in its buses. According to sources, the BEST has installed GPS and PIS in more than 1,250 buses, while the remaining will be covered in the next couple of months. BEST has a fleet of 3,337 buses that ply in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Mira-Bhayander.   

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Under the system, the announcement of a particular stop will be made twice, once the bus leaves the earlier stop and when it is approaching the stop. The PIS system includes LED indicators, speakers, and microphones. One of the BEST officials said that along with the name of the stop, the LED displays will highlight other public service messages too. 

Surendra Badge, General Manager, BEST said that the system will also help BEST management to keep track of bus movements, schedule, drivers and conductors operating the buses. He added that they are also planning to introduce the ETA feature in buses by March.  

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