15 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Mo Bus crossed a daily ridership of one Lakh on Monday. This remarkable feat has been achieved in a short span of time, less than a year of starting the operation of Mo Bus. By achieving this substantial number of ridership, Mo Bus, the public transit service run by Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), has established itself as a major mass transit facility in the capital region. Yesterday a total of 101881 passengers took Mo Bus for their commute.
On November 6, 2018, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Mo Bus service with an objective of providing sustainable, comfortable and economically viable mode of transport for people of Capital Region. Since its inception, this was the first time that Mo Bus carried over one Lakh passengers on a single day.
The usual footfall is around 80,000 per day. Mo Bus ridership used to be around 70,000 till the month of August. After amendment in Motor Vehicle Act, there was a sudden rise in ridership touching around 97,000 passengers on September 6 and around 94,000 on September 8. Notably, Mo Bus has been able to retain those commuters. Consumer-friendly initiatives like ‘Freedom Monthly Pass’, ‘Newspaper on Wheels’ and ‘Penalty for ticketless travellers’ have been appreciated by one and all.
“In the month of May, our ridership was around 33000 and revenue also came down to Rs 5 lakhs. The consistent effort led to rise in ridership and revenue in September with an average of 80000 passengers and Rs. 11.6 lakhs per day respectively,” said Dipti Mahapatro, General Manager, Personnel and Administration & spokesperson, CRUT.