MMRDA invites bids for developing a common mobility phone app

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The metropolitan city has initiated its first step towards contactless travel. As per media reports, The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited bids for getting a mobile technology partner on its board for development, operation and maintenance of a common mobility application under its integrated ticketing services (ITS) project.

Responding to the problems created by the pandemic, the authority set aside various options and has decided to create a “journey planner”, a mobile application to enable a contactless travel system for different public transport interfaces.

In a meeting earlier in July, chaired by the state’s urban development minister, MMRDA approved the revised proposal which is likely to roll-out from December 2020. Once operational, Mumbaiites can use the application to plan their journey by making a payment on the app, which will create a QR code that can be used for the journey. Sources say that the application will work across Metros, monorail, BEST buses, app-based cabs and the suburban railways.

State environment minister Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday tweeted, “A long-standing promise now being realised by CM Uddhav Thackeray Ji for MMR. Ease of living and travelling is the main intent.” The move is being seen as an ambitious project of Maharashtra government like that of NCMC program of Central Government.

Each transport system in Mumbai now has its own ticketing system — for suburban trains, commuters can use the ATVM card apart from the physical tickets, Mumbai Metro One also its own card, Mumbai monorail has a token system, while all payments for taxis and auto-rickshaws, even BEST buses, need to be done through cash.

Across the world, big metros have single or multiple common mobility cards — London has the Oyster card; Hong Kong, the Octopus card; Sydney has the Opal card; Toronto has Presto, and Manila has the Beep card. The plan will help to integrate the ticketing and pricing system of all and bring them under a single entity. The future of the project depends solely upon the agencies which are working for it.

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