As a part of integrating public transport modes, Kochi Metro Rail Limited initiated discussions with KSRTC officials to start KURTC buses for Metro’s feeder service. The KMRL is stated to be the nodal agency for implementing UMTA (Unified Metropolitan Transportation Authority). With KSRTC having phased out most of its minibusses, the metro agency is expected to float tenders shortly to take on rent a fleet of around 100 buses for the purpose. The buses will not be under the metro agency’s direct control and will be entrusted to a contractor for upkeep.
KSRTC Managing Director MG Rajamanikam had stated that the CNG buses the agency was planning to induct could also be operated along metro’s feeder routes. A couple of such buses were doing be delivered within a month of placing orders, he said. The KMRL and the Motor Vehicles department are engaged in finalizing an integrated bus timetable that will ready dynamic time schedules of 1000 private and 400 KSRTC/KURTC buses in Kochi. A bus operational control center too has been planned to track the movement of 1400 buses using global positioning system (GPS). KMRL looks forward to connecting all modes of transportation facilities in Kochi. As the project being an integrated public transport system, this is the first and foremost step to get in sync with KSRTC.