Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): Bengaluru is thinking about introducing the country’s third eco-friendly electric bus system to connect Electronics City with Bangalore Metro Rail Network.
The Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) is now planning to come up with a Metro Neo system connecting two upcoming stations on Namma Metro’s Yellow Line (RV Road-Bommasandra Metro Corridor) and companies for last-mile connectivity.
The proposed 5-km long Metro Neo system will be called ‘Tech Halli Express’. According to the plan, it will connect Infosys Foundation to Electronics City Metro Station (Namma Metro) with 10 stations at Infosys Foundation Konappana Agrahara Station, Timken, Velankani, 3M India, Phase-3, Wipro, Infosys, Interflex Electronics, Happiest Minds, Electronics City Metro Station in Phase 1.
The Metro Neo, a trolleybus system with overhead electric traction, can run on elevated or at-grade cement roads. The electric trolley bus can carry 250 passengers on the dedicated road at a speed of 60kmph.
This will be the third proposed Metro Neo system in the Country after Nashik (Maharashtra) and Warangal (Telangana).
TechHalli Express Metro Neo Project
- Route length: 5 km (Phase 1)
- Total Stations: 10
- Stations Name: Infosys Foundation Konappana Agrahara Station, Timken, Velankani, 3M India, Phase-3, Wipro, Infosys, Interflex Electronics, Happiest Minds and Electronics City Metro Station
Why Metro Neo?
- Heavy Metro rail is economical for PHPDT greater than 15,000
- The bus transit system caters up to 5,000 PHPDT which is insufficient
- Rail-based LRT, tram systems address traffic requirements up to 15,000 PHPDT.
- Peculiar requirements of Indian cities require an innovative and cost-effective solution
- Metro-Neo is India centric solution for tier 2/3 cities for 8,000 PHPDT and extendable up to 10,000
- The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (Govt. of India) has already issued standard specifications in November 2020 for rubber-tyred metro coaches running on OHE named Metro Neo for use in tier 2/3 Indian cities.
Urban Transport News had earlier reported the plan of the Metro Neo System in Bengaluru in September last year.