To provide better first and last mile connectivity in the corridor of the Delhi-Merut Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), the National Capital Regional Transportation Corporation (NCRTC) has invited many of the leading mobility players across the region to join the company to offer various feeding modes in RRTS stations.
According to senior officials, the NCRTC is also analyzing and studying global standards for the last mile connection distance traveled by passengers and the means of transportation used by them.
“For example, it is often possible to walk up to 500 meters and the distance up to 1 km is in the cycling zone. Whereas, where the distance is 3 km, travelers are looking for an electric rickshaw, shared rickshaw, bike taxis, or Motorcycle rental, car (look for) taxis, auto rickshaw and shuttle services for more than 3 km. After deliberations on the matter, an NCRTC official said, invited mass service providers for these different modes of transportation.
NCRTC’s primary goal behind this initiative is to ensure a fast, organised, green and affordable variety of door-to-door mobility and connectivity options, and to drive the public to switch from private to public vehicles.
“Because there is no last mile connection, people often avoid traveling on public transport. Congestion around stations due to the lack of any organized system of cars and e-rickshaws not only leads to chaos and traffic jams, but also increases commute time. With Keeping all this in mind, the NCRTC came up with a plan to facilitate first/last mile communication for passengers through the various feeding modes at the stations,” said an official.
Officials added that all RRTS stations will be multimodal integrated with public transportation such as metros, local bus stops and ISBTs. Besides, it will also provide space for parking, auto rickshaws, rental cars or taxis where possible with separate drop off and drop off areas and car parks.
The first group of trains has arrived for the priority runway and trial runs will begin gradually. While the 17-kilometre priority corridor will become operational by March 2023, the 82-kilometre Delhi Meerut corridor will become operational by 2025.