Mobility studies are extremely essential prior to planning of any transport infrastructure.
MESN believes that the current practice of road transport planning based on the data of existing vehicles per day is only leading to provide for more cars, lanes and flyovers.
These are solutions without proper diagnosis of the exiting vehicular flow which is uneven during peak and off peak hours, the type of vehicles are different with different passenger carrying capacity and road space requirements is static while parked and dynamic while they are moving. read more
Our observation of the western express highway in Mumbai is that; in last 6 years the vehicle throughput is decreasing due to congestion during peak hours to 25%. The passenger carrying capacity has also come down from 20k passenger to 15k passengers. The number of buses has declined from 35% to 25%. The vehicles parked on the roads have increased many folds in last six years occupying over 20% road space. This clearly shows that growing private vehicles are slowing down the traffic and also passenger carrying capacity; severely impacting the efficiency of road.
MESN has undertaken traffic studies at various road junctions in Mumbai. We believe that; it is important to create dedicated access for buses to increase passenger carrying capacity and lane discipline for better vehicular throughput, more so on congested roads.
Only proper parking management with market driven instruments such as parking fees can curb the growing menace of private vehicles. This is also critical to improve and encourage public transport.