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WRI & FedEx launch 'Better Bus Challenge' to improve public transport in India

New Delhi, Apr 5 (UNI) In order to improve public transport, WRI India Ross Center in association with FedEx on Thursday launched ‘Better Bus Challenge’ project to augment quality, safety and efficiency of public bus systems in the country.
“With around 70 million people travelling on buses, state-run public bus providers play an essential role in connecting people in cities across India. Transit agencies, who operate the public bus networks across India, carry more than 60 per cent of the road passengers, competing with alternate mobility solutions that operate on-demand and can offer greater comfort and service quality,” said WRI India CEO OP Agarwal.
“By 2021, it is estimated that India will need around 650,000 buses to cater to its transit needs. There is a need for decision-makers to broaden their perspective of urban transportation beyond traditional models to identify and implement strategies to meet this ever-growing demand in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner,” said Mr Agarwal.
The ‘Better Bus Challenge’ will address issues of Operations Management and Efficiency, New Service Models and Commuter Experience with financial reward of Rs 32 lakhs each. The cash reward will be supplemented with a year-long mentorship to collaborate with transit agencies to design and implement solutions which cater to the needs of cities.
“There is a need to engage people in this project to address the transportation problem in India and a good opportunity to see the project alive with the support of WRI and agencies across the country. Also, physical transportation network would lead to huge economic growth in India; public transport connects people to jobs, schools and health care and to other places. We need to address and strengthen the sector with innovative technology which would make travel more efficient, accessible and comfortable for all,” said Abby Bailey, Lead CSR and Community Initiatives, FedEx Express, Middle East Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
She also suggested that usage of public transport would also help in bringing down the pollution levels.
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