After the Western and Central Railways, Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) of Mumbai, has adopted the QR Code ticketing system.
This move comes after BEST experienced a drop of 2 lakh commuters between Oct-Nov 2015.
BEST caters to more than 30 lakh passengers daily. This makes it the second largest public transport medium in Mumbai.
In March 2016, Ravi Raja, panel member BEST, told a leading daily:
“Any drop in the number of average daily commuters is alarming for the transport undertaking, which is already reeling under heavy losses it is estimated to cross the Rs 1,000-crore mark in 2016-17”
Raja also added,
“We (BEST) are exploring ways to woo more commuters”
This is how the mobile ticketing system functions:
- The commuters book a ticket through BEST’s mobile ticketing app.
- They are then sent a QR Code on their smartphone
- After passengers board the bus, the conductor will scan the QR Code
This ticketing system will allow commuters to make cashless transactions, making travelling more convenient.
Also, paperless tickets help preserve the environment.
The system is set to launch in November 2016.
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